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January 15th, 2013
09:30 PM ET

House passes $50.7 billion Sandy aid package amid criticism over pork

Members of the House of Representatives voted today on a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. $50 billion in aid is at stake.

House passes $50 billion-plus Sandy aid package

It seemed like it would have been an easy choice, but nothing is easy in Washington.

"$16 billion is to quintuple the size of the Community Development Block Grant program. That's the slush fund that pays for such dubious projects as doggy day care centers and it doesn't even have to be spent in the hurricane area."

Rep Tom McClintock (R-CA) said, "Two billion dollars is for highway repairs anywhere in the country including up to $20 million each for Guam, American Samoa and the Mariana Islands that aren't even in the same ocean as hurricane Sandy."

Rep. Huelskamp defends NO vote on Sandy aid

OutFront tonight: Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).


Filed under: "Superstorm" Sandy • Congress
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  1. Jal

    The Federal government had once and for all proven it is broken. Both sides of the Isle have their heads so far up their......, they believe their crap smells like perfume. I truly believe the time has come, for the states with the large populations & revenues should just stop transferring funds to the Fed. NY, NJ & MA should halt all tax transfers to the Fed and spend it directly on their Sandy Relief. Rebuild themselves with only contractors from their states. Utter inneptness is what this had turned in to

    January 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply

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