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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Republicans Demand Offsets For Sandy Aid

In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, waves wash over a roller coaster from a Seaside Heights, N.J. amusement park that fell in the Atlantic Ocean during superstorm Sandy. (AP/Mike Groll)

In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 file photo, waves wash over a roller coaster from a Seaside Heights, N.J. amusement park that fell in the Atlantic Ocean during superstorm Sandy. (AP/Mike Groll)

As the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut push for Washington lawmakers to quickly pass $60 billion to help people recover from Superstorm Sandy, some Republicans are demanding that, before they vote on the aid money, the same amount should be cut elsewhere in the budget.

They point towards a Congressional Budget Office report showing that only about $9 billion would immediately be spent on recovery. Meanwhile, two Colorado Democrats filed legislation yesterday asking for Colorado to use some of the Sandy aid money, to recover from wildfires this past summer.

Guest:

  • David Lawder, Reuters Washington correspondent

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