Sandy Aid Package Includes Millions for Smithsonian, Space Center, Forests
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Since: Oct 08
#1 Dec 14, 2012
The Obama administrations $60-billion emergency aid package for victims of superstorm Sandy is now caught in the crossfire over the fiscal cliff, with some critics questioning why millions of dollars are directed to areas far from the epicenter of the storm.
The request, which still needs the approval of Congress, includes billions in urgently needed aide. But it also features some surprising items:$23 million for tree plantings to help reduce flood effects, protect water sources, decrease soil erosion and improve wildlife habitat in forested areas touched by Sandy; $2 million to repair roof damage at Smithsonian buildings in Washington that pre-dates the storm; $4 million to repair sand berms and dunes at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and $41 million for clean-up and repairs at eight military bases along the storms path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The FBI is seeking $4 million to replace vehicles, laboratory and office equipment and furniture, while Customs and Border Protection wants $2.4 million to replace destroyed or damaged vehicles, including mobile X-Ray machines.
The Small Business Administration is seeking a $50 million slice of the pie for its post-storm response efforts, including Small Business Development Centers and Womens Business Development Centers.
The relief package also includes a whopping $13 billion request for mitigation projects to prepare for future storms.
These line items, and dozens more like them, have some Republicans balking at the size of the relief request and calling for more time to review the deal. The $60 billion price tag, they say, represents nearly the entire amount of additional revenue the government would collect next year by raising rates on the top 2 percent of taxpayers, as Democrats desire.
#2 Dec 17, 2012
Well it is a standard Democrat political ploy to fill an emergency aid package with pork and then blame the Republicans when it is not passed or held up. If this was truly an emergency aid package it would only have immediate emergency aid money and the rest would be dealt with later.
P.S. Why are we event talking about giving people money for home repairs? Doesn't their home owner's insurance cover it?
Saint Paul, MN
#3 Dec 17, 2012
NEVER pass up an opportunity to take full advantage of a disaster.
One homeowner built her house elevated and she had no damage.
Three things are needed to prevent future damage:
1) build houses higher
2) don't rebuild any low elevation houses
3) require private insurance for flood damage on all houses
Fact those barrier islands with all the damage were never intended to be built on but meant to be barriers in case of big storms.
I'd give them nothing!!!
Local Government phocked this up they can fix it!
#4 Dec 17, 2012
that is great if you want to build on a river - lake or an ocean, YOU need to insure it yourself !!! no one gets a FREE ride, just watch that is 60 BILLION with a ( B )!! can you say FRAUD, hey where is my bail out get in line for your free check. What a joke, you pay for the damage, yourself - by living on water no one else.
Saint Paul, MN
#5 Dec 17, 2012
And consider how much aid Duluth got for the storm damage this year. I recall they got virtually nothing. Yet when the all mighty east coast is damaged they are right at the hog trough with everyone else paying.
Fraud is right on!!!
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