January 4th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Congress approves scaled-back Sandy aid bill

(CNN) - Congress approved a $9.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package on Friday following delays over fiscal cliff bickering, warnings of dwindling federal funds and swirling controversy over millions of dollars for unrelated projects.

The measure passed the House, 354-67. The Senate did so unanimously and without debate.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    I think that I'm beginning to see an ungodly, ugly strategy behind delaying the funds. One that has both political and economic benefits for those who support right wing policies the most. The political benefit is that someone wants to turn Sandy into Obama's Katrina. The economic benefit is that someone wants to buy up property at fire sale prices. I know it is a conspiracy theory, but I am reminded of Mitt Romney's solution to the mortgage crisis. He felt that homeowners should not be given help "and let the market bottom out so that investors can come in...."

    January 4, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. DENNA

    This should have been done a month ago. Hurricane Sandy happened at the end of October. What the heck has taken so long? That the victims of this storm have been left on their own, at Christmas at that, is horrible. The GOP need to get this done. God Bless Gov. Christie and the people of New Jersey and New York.

    January 4, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    It must suck to be a republican backing a bunch of stupid fools who sign a pledge to a crook gop pig lobbyist like grover norquest who sells the gop votes to the highest bidders ,and they think they have a chance in the 2014 mid term elections,forget it !!!!!

    January 4, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Once the PORK is taken out of the bill, the aid will be passed.

    January 4, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. rs

    Yet another example of GOP's heartlessness. They simply don't see the needs of average Americans. Funny how their reverence for "life" ends at birth. If corporations had been damaged by Sandy they'd be all over that.

    January 4, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. fernace

    We send billions of dollars in help for disadvantaged nations! Seems some of that $$ could be earmarked for transfer to FEMA! The 1st rule of survival, which most parents know, is the Airplane rule! In case of emergency, when the oxygen cups are released, the parent breathes 1st, then helps the children! This is done so the parent doesn't pass out & consequently can't help the kid/s! Same rule should apply to our nation! 1st we help our own; people, infrastructure, etc! Charity begins at home! It's pretty hollow if we send help elsewhere, but refuse help to our own! I mean, what kind of message does that send!?

    January 4, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. plain&simple

    The House screwed the people of New York and New Jersey.....whatever your political persuasion. Money for disaster relief is a core value of this nation...or it was until tea party republicans became the newest thing to getting republicans elected in over the top conservative districts. Govern or not govern your town or community however you choose. When on the big stage ....you have an obligation to have a bigger view. What's good for small communities doesn't always translate....one thing is true however . When neighbors are in need you help. Tea party does not practice this it seems!

    January 4, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. CA Independent

    If only these bills could only contain funding for which they are described to the general public. Obama, continues to sign these bills loaded with millions of our dollars to fund earmarks, then raises our taxes to cover debt. Is it any wonder why families continue to struggle?

    January 4, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Rick McDaniels

    Who cares about PORK when so many people are in need? AND why has the funding been scaled back? Is this some type of revenge move that the GOtP is making against Christie?!? What reasons did Boehner's House give for reducing the amount of aide they get???

    January 4, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. DL

    Shouldn't people take responsibility for themselves and buy insurance instead of waiting for a handout? Why should I and others have to fund storm victims who do not want to take care of themselves? We were paying for Katrina victims for 5 years. What did some of them do to show their gratitude?

    January 4, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Once the PORK is taken out of the bill, the aid will be passed.
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    Before you complain about "pork", maybe you should find out what it is for and who added it. More than half of the "pork" is headed to Alaska. Not many Democrats in Congress from up there.

    January 4, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |