GOP reverses course on Sandy aid [Fairfield County Business Journal]
|By Bissell, Jennifer|
After receiving a pummeling from members on both sides of the aisle over a decision to not vote on a
The shift came after Boehner and his staff met heavy criticism from Govs.
"I think the speaker, partially motivated by the feedback he got this morning (
The lack of a vote before the end of the 112th
"This federal assistance would have been a big help to communities across the slate. But for reasons only the House GOP leadership can explain, that aid has been postponed to the next
"Immediately after Sandy we had people from
Some costs incurred by the city have been reimbursed, but now that
Now, he said, the reimbursement rate has been reduced to 75 percent, adding that there's the possibility some expenses may not be approved at all.
To date, the city has removed 21,000 tons of storm debris and started to restore its beaches, pavilions and parks, for which the money needed quickly adds up.
"We're certainly concerned," Pavia said. "If it doesn't get reimbursed, it's going to create a very serious budget problem for us."
With the funds delayed,
"It's going to be a slow economic recovery on all fronts," Beaty said. "If people get that message, and that legislators are getting it wrong, fast enough, maybe they'll get out of the way."
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