Area Senators Push for Sandy Aid Amid Some Push-Back

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Senators from New York and New Jersey made their case for passing the $60 billion White House relief package that was introduced Monday.

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) both took issue with the claim that the aid package would be paid for by offsets elsewhere or divided into smaller payments made over time.

“If your whole area is hit next and you have to sit there and wait while Congress fights over offsets, what are you going to do?” Schumer asked his Senate colleagues. “It would be an awful precedent to start that.”

Menendez said those who argue in favor of doling out smaller payments over time “could not be, respectfully, more wrong.”

The same day the package was introduced, the conservative group Club for Growth called on Senators to vote no on the bill.

“When a natural disaster occurs, there is a textbook response by Congress — they cobble together an overpriced bill that isn't paid for, there's no accountability or oversight, and it's filled with pork. This proposal is no different,” a statement read.

The Republican-controlled House has yet to put forth its version of the bill.