Sandy Relief Package Swells Aid For Past Disasters
|ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press|
Their complaint is that lots of that money actually will go toward recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects unrelated to the late-October storm.
The measure bill includes
The objections have led senior House Republicans to assemble a
Critics are taking the sharpest aim at
"That's not a bad chunk of change, particularly if you are trying to get other lawmakers to vote for the bill," Ellis said.
State and local governments like block grants because they provide more flexibility in how the money is spent. The money can go toward a variety of needs, including hospitals, utilities, roads, small businesses and rent subsidies.
The Northeast lawmakers'
"A lot of the money goes to government agencies to rebuild rather than helping people actually afflicted by Sandy," Ellis said.
Before getting to the aid measures, the House on Monday planned to consider legislation intended to streamline
McCain also targeted
"An emergency funding bill should focus on the emergency needs of the victims, not the needs of politicians," said
Republicans also criticized
It includes the block grants for previous disasters, weather forecasting improvements and measures to minimize damage from future storms, but not the
"We know it's going to be a heavy lift for the
But conservatives clearly prefer the smaller,
"Conservatives want to see a real plan that addresses real needs for Sandy," he said.
Obama has signed a
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