TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Supersstorm Sandy aid bill not on House schedule

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By Gannett News Service

Published: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, 9:26 p.m.

WASHINGTON — As the House returned to work on Sunday afternoon, lawmakers had no plans to vote on a Senate-passed disaster relief bill for Superstorm Sandy victims.

The Senate voted 62-32 on Friday to approve $60.4 billion in aid.

Twelve Republicans voted for the measure.

The House has until Jan. 3, when the 113th Congress is sworn in, to act on the measure. Otherwise, work on it must begin anew.

“The best way to handle it is to just pass the Senate bill,” said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., whose oceanfront district sustained major damage from the Oct. 29 storm.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and other conservatives are calling for a much smaller bill to cover only the most urgent needs, putting off until 2013 legislation to address long-term needs such as protecting beaches and transportation networks from another storm.

“The problem is that later never comes,” Pallone said.

A Senate amendment from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., would have reduced the aid package to $24 billion.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Court upholds EPA emissions restrictions
  2. Shale oil, gas drilling boom wins favor with labor unions, thwarting environmentalists
  3. Health insurance subsidies under Obamacare to cost slightly less than previously thought
  4. Suspect in Jewish community sites shootings appears in court in wheelchair
  5. Bankrupt Detroit, retired cops, fire crews agree to deal that saves pensions
  6. Supreme Court voids overall contribution limits to political candidates
  7. Terror attorney guilty in tax case
  8. Phoenix firefighters can’t find keys to 850 lock boxes
  9. Dangers of Heartbleed bug grow every day
  10. Public employees union fights outside IRS collectors
  11. Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead, audit finds
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.