Sandy Relief Bill Drawing Debate in House

The debate began anew in Washington as the House Rules Committee worked to set up the path forward for Sandy relief, the bulk of which will be voted on today.

FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from Washington:

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The House will consider about $50 billion in Sandy aid, though not all at once.

(Rep. Rogers) “We crafted this legislation responsibly.”

Appropriations Committee Chairman Republican Hal Rogers suggesting lawmakers first deal with a $17 billion package.

(Rep. Rogers) “For transit and housing recovery.”

New Jersey Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen urges an addition $33 billion.

(Rep. Frelinghuysen) “My amendment contains no earmarks, unlike the Senate bill.”

But critics point to mitigation spending they argue should not be included in disaster relief.  Other Republicans suggest coupling emergency funds with spending cuts.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.




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