House OKs $50.7B Sandy Aid Bill
|By Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
The plan, part of a roughly
"We need this money. We need it now," U.S. Rep.
The bill was approved, 241-180, with mostly Democratic support and Republican opposition.
House Republicans who oppose new government spending and debt questioned whether much of the bill's total is really for an emergency. The
"We should be willing as a body to come together and say, 'Look, there are things that we do not need this year, things we can do without this year, so that people [in need] can have it,' " Mulvaney said. "The time has come and gone in this nation when we can walk in here and spend nine or 17 or 60 billion and not think about how we're going to pay for it."
House Republicans voted by 179-49 against the full
"It is the right and decent thing to do," Meehan said in a statement.
Democrats voted for the full bill by 192-1.
Republican criticism, and attempts to force through spending cuts to offset the relief bill, drew the ire of Northeastern lawmakers, who showed that some of their fury still lingered after fiscal conservatives stalled an expected vote earlier this month.
"A new caucus should be formed -- we have a lot of caucuses here -- it should be the hypocritical caucus," LoBiondo, whose district includes much of the hard-hit
LoBiondo said colleagues from other regions were "changing the rules for hundreds of thousands of people in the middle of the game."
The money approved Tuesday included
Several amendments trimmed pieces of the measure, but only around the edges.
"The tradition of
The bill approved Tuesday comes on top of
After both parties backed the
"This is not an act of excess or an act of charity," said U.S. Rep.
"For those who claim there is excess in this bill, I would suggest they read it," he said.
Critics had zeroed in on items not tied to
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