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.
- Congressional Budget Office: Read the whole Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
- Yahoo! News: Senate seeks $60 billion Sandy aid, Republicans eye smaller bill
- NJ.com: Hurricane Sandy disaster aid for N.J. expected to flow in slowly
- Washington Post: We need Congress’s help on Sandy relief
- Coloradoan: Obama's Sandy aid package has money Colorado could use to clean up its watersheds
- David Lawder, Reuters Washington correspondent
This segment aired on December 13, 2012.