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House Passes $50 Billion in Sandy Aid Over GOP Opposition

By Joe Romm on January 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

"House Passes $50 Billion in Sandy Aid Over GOP Opposition"

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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s (R-NJ) amendment to complete the Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency package just passed the House by a 228-192 vote. It adds $33.7 billion to the underlying $17 billion aid bill sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY). The final package passed by a vote of 241-180. Only 49 Republicans, mostly from the Northeast, voted for final passage. These measures, along with prior flood insurance funding, would provide close to $60.4 billion in aid.

This critical victory comes attached with some unfortunate strings, including Republican-backed legislation that will cut hundreds of millions of dollars in coastal rebuilding. In addition, a measure was passed to prohibit the Agriculture and Interior departments from acquiring federal land using supplemental Sandy funding, inhibiting coastal restoration efforts. Luckily, other destructive amendments failed including an attempt to cut $13 million in funding for National Weather Service and an attempt to offset $17 billion of Sandy aid with discretionary spending cuts.

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11 Responses to House Passes $50 Billion in Sandy Aid Over GOP Opposition

  1. wili says:

    It’s hard to tell what the details might mean without digging in to them, but I have to say that at least some ‘coastal rebuilding’ should be avoided or looked at very carefully. Sea level rise is very real. Somehow, I doubt that was the basis of the Republicans involved.

    It’s good to see that other much-needed funding is finally getting to those in such dire need. It’s really a national disgrace that is has taken this long.

    Is this going to be the beginning of the dismemberment of the union? Will NE legislators block funding for relief for the next disaster that hits Texas or Nebraska…? Where will that lead?

    • John McCormick says:

      A sunny day at the shore…..

      Hey, the tide just went out real fast!

      RUN!!!!

    • kermit says:

      I agree that coastal rebuilding should be minimal, but the GOP are doing the right thing on that particular for the wrong reasons.

      We will not be able to collectively decide what the right thing to do is until we acknowledge the elephant in the room – AGW.

      I’ve said for decades that morality is impossible for people who are determined to be ignorant on the matters at hand. AGW and responses to it will display that clearly.

  2. It would be nice if media folks started to ask questions about how we protect ourselves in the future when climate change makes these events more frequent and stronger.

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Inhibit coastal rebuilding.

    Due to strong SLR along that coast the next big storm would knock it down anyway.

  4. Endofmore says:

    What I’ve been saying all along, when the big crunch comes, (and Sandy was just a foretaste) the nation will fall apart into self-orientated enclaves, divided by religion, geography, political inclination, language.
    When it becomes obvious that whatever nature has knocked down is going to stay down, those factions will begin to fight over what’s left standing

    • prokaryotes says:

      What if this process has started already, not yet event driven but on a psychic level. Just look around the globe at all the conflicts and disagreements. Slowly we tumble into the new state of anarchy…

      • kermit says:

        But surely, humans under great stress become more charitable, rational, and self-disciplined?

        Yes, I expect global hotspots to become continuous warfare all through my old age, from tribes struggling over shrinking resources. Catastrophic weather, famine, dead oceans, loss of oil and electricity, religious fervor, and warfare.

  5. fj says:

    gotta wonder about the bargaining chips that allowed this to pass

  6. Greg Moschetti says:

    Now if we could only get a coalition of Democrats and northeastern Republicans to vote for $50 billion towards prevention of climate catastrophe. This New Englander learned early on in life that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.