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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:38 PM

Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans sought to slash a $60.4 billion aid bill to cover reconstruction after Superstorm Sandy, proposing on Wednesday to fund only $23.8 billion in immediate disaster relief while assessing longer-term needs.

The far smaller initial amount is one of a number of Republican amendments aimed at cutting projects from a bill that they see as a "slush fund" loaded with questionable requests for spending on unrelated programs and big infrastructure.

Senator Daniel Coats of Indiana said his plan for $23.8 billion in initial funding would provide sufficient money for immediate needs through March 27, for work such as debris cleanup, repairing damaged equipment, rebuilding destroyed homes and businesses.

"It seems to me the most logical, responsible way to move forward is to identify the immediate needs and provide the immediate funding to meet those needs," said Coats, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-republicans-aim-cut-sandy-aid-bill-down-021401916.html

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Reply Senate Republicans aim to cut Sandy aid bill down to $24 billion (Original post)
steve2470 Dec 2012 OP
SCVDem Dec 2012 #1
Bainbridge Bear Dec 2012 #2
sheshe2 Dec 2012 #3
Rain Mcloud Dec 2012 #4
newfie11 Dec 2012 #11
stuffmatters Dec 2012 #5
cstanleytech Dec 2012 #6
stuffmatters Dec 2012 #7
ReRe Dec 2012 #8
madrchsod Dec 2012 #9
Fearless Dec 2012 #10
Eddie Haskell Dec 2012 #12

Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:24 AM

1. This is a campaign ad for years!

Mean people suck!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:45 AM

2. Heartless bastards

 

Of course they will never talk about real spending cuts for the military or adding a transaction tax on Wall Street, etc etc. Its always the least powerful who have to pay for the excesses that led to the latest financial swindle and Obama is on board with it. We are still the richest country in the world and are still capable of taking care of all of our people but the assault on the 99% continues.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:21 AM

3. Hypocrits...every last one of them!

The Republican plan would eliminate some $13 billion in infrastructure improvements aimed at helping to prevent damage from future storms. Among these are projects to keep New York City subway tunnels from flooding and to build sand barriers to protect some shorelines from storm surges.


Oh sure..good thinking GOP WOW ...let's not spend any money to avoid a future disaster! No no no Let's just shell out billions more for the next disaster, than it would have cost us in corrective measures now!

WOW I so love the fiscal conservatives (GOP? Fiscal conservative.. that is the best Oxymoron I have ever heard!)

They lead us to into Two wars on a credit card! They bankrupt our economy...and they blame Obama for the deficit!

Major ASSHOLES!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:42 AM

4. Lets do away with susidies and help flesh and blood People.

 

Six billion alone per year to oil companies times ten years is 60 billion dollars,DING,DING,DING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Rain Mcloud (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:20 AM

11. Damn right! nt

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:54 AM

5. Dem Senate should use Shock Doctrine & Propose Wall Street Tax

as the way to pay for it with overage to say medicare,medicaid ...since the Republican Austerity Sadists always demand "offsets." Turn their own extremist playbook back on them, actually this time it could result in a very good and productive result, an enormous revenue from a systematically protected source. I mean wasn't Wall Street one of the places that was flooded...it's a natural.


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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:56 AM

6. Want to bet that if this happened in Texas that the republicans would be howling for blood

if the dems tried to do the same?

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:09 AM

7. "Chris Christie, Your Friends in the Senate Called & Left You A Message"

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:54 AM

8. Dan Coats is a....

....right wing prick from Indiana. What else would one expect of him? Republicons' are just plain mean and cruel. They have stones for hearts.

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:28 AM

9. dam i thought the old midwest against the east coast liberals and jews died

but leave it to some dumb ass in Indiana to spout this shit that should have died in the 30`s.

i guess there really is republican zombies. what next? reagan rising from the grave?

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:33 AM

10. Well that's a giant fuck you to the American people.

And these people continue to be reelected??

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:55 AM

12. The CIA commissioned the National Research Council to study the implications of climate change.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/science/earth/climate-change-report-outlines-perils-for-us-military.html?_r=0

One of their conclusions was that people will have to move away from the coast in the NE. Why pour money down the drain? Relocate now.

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