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With Vote in Sight, Fate of Sandy Mitigation Aid Still Uncertain

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Even though House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to bring the $60 billion Sandy aid package to a vote by January 15, it’s still uncertain how much aid can actually get through Congress.

Republicans have said $33 billion in proposed aid is not essential to immediate recover efforts. These funds, dedicated to mitigation, include things like upgrades to the transit system or beach-front flooding prevention.

"Depending on what that supplemental is will make a major difference for this state financially, from a reconstruction point of view for those communities," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Aides in the Democrat-controlled Senate indicate that they will fight to keep these funds in the final bill.

Boehner drew criticism for not bringing aid to the floor for a vote in the final hours of the 112th Congress on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he said he’s committed to delivering two votes on the Sandy bill this month — $9 billion in flood aid by the end of this week and a $51 billion, including $33 billion in mitigation and prevention funding by January 15.

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Comments [1]

Tom from Toronto

So Christie's little broman stunt with Obama pre-election is turning out to be hugely expensive to residents! Now to hear him whine, is just stomach-turning.

No way this guy will ever make President.

Jan. 03 2013 10:12 AM

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