Sandy Aid Bill Near Completion In Senate

Dec 28, 2012 by


By ANDREW MIGA 12/28/12 04:55 PM ET EST AP

Sandy Aid
This Nov. 2, 2012 file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, meeting Bonnie Miller after touring devastation from superstorm Sandy in Brick, N.J. Christie admonished Miller when he found out she stayed in her home that was severely damaged during the storm. Despite days of dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of people in New York and New Jersey ignored mandatory evacuation orders as Superstorm Sandy closed in. Now, after scores of deaths and harrowing escape.

WASHINGTON — The Senate is moving towards completion of a $60.4 billion aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Democrats on Friday had to turn back GOP efforts to cut programs such as $150 million in fisheries aid that Republican lawmakers said was unrelated to the storm that hammered the East Coast late in October.

The bill faces uncertain prospects in the House, where GOP leaders appear reluctant to move quickly on a big spending bill in the final days of a lame duck session. Lawmakers’ attention is focused on talks over the so-called fiscal cliff of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts set to begin next year unless a compromise is worked out.

Senate Republicans want a smaller package of about $24 billion in aid.

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