Congress to vote on $9.7 billion flood insurance package for Superstorm Sandy victims

  • Article by: ANDREW MIGA , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 2:42 AM
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martin64Jan. 3, 13 9:17 AM

Christie will wise up and switch parties. Any bets? Heh.

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circleoflifeJan. 3, 13 9:38 AM

Why is the Federal government responsible for disaster relief other than infrastructure? Doesn't anyone have insurance? Why is it the governments responsibility to pay for the uninsured? Where's the money coming from? Guess Obama will have to tax the middle and lower class after all because this package will spend anything they would have stolen from the rich this year. BTW, if Christie turns Democrat I wouldn't be bothered considering he's been acting like one.

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mn2niceJan. 3, 13 9:39 AM

I don't think that's going to happen ---- at least not at this time. Christie was visibly upset, but I doubt he will switch sides. And I think it would take more than one miscalculation by Boehner to hurt his chances for re-election as Speaker.

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stjohnsonJan. 3, 13 9:48 AM

Funny how there is no mention of all the pork (new roof for the Smithsonian, new trees nowhere near the hurricane, funding fisheries in Alaska, etc) that is in these bills. Let's strip that stuff out first, then vote.

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comment229Jan. 3, 1310:17 AM

It would be up to the house to strip the pork out of this bill and then send it back to the senate. If it does not get done, who you gonna blame? And are you so sure that the pork in the bill was not put there by senate republicans for their districts as part of a compromise? As far as Christie becoming a democrat, I doubt it, although he does remind me of the old republican party; you know, the one that had some integrity?

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Quimby3Jan. 3, 1311:03 AM

I am not particularly interested in WHO put the pork in the bill but it has to come out. Just found out that my household income has decreased by $328 a month thanks to the middle class tax increase compromise on the fiscal cliff. Sorry east coast can't afford to replace my own roof let alone yours.

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crystalbayJan. 3, 1311:08 AM

"Why is the Federal government responsible for disaster relief other than infrastructure? Doesn't anyone have insurance? "..................It's called "living in America". We do not abandon our own people in times of natural crisis - never have, never will. As to insurance, the average pay-out from flood insurance is 35K. Just how far do you think this will go when your home has been leveled?? If your home was demolished by a midwestern tornado, you'd be first in line demanding help from the feds. This attitude that "it's not my problem" is the antithesis of what has made this country great, IMO.

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crystalbayJan. 3, 1311:10 AM

After researching what's in this bill, it turns out that only 100 million of the 60 billion is for anything unrelated to the disaster. I agree that this amount should be stripped, but to talk as though the bulk of it is a boondoggle is simply untrue.

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crystalbayJan. 3, 1311:13 AM

"Just found out that my household income has decreased by $328 a month thanks to the middle class tax increase compromise on the fiscal cliff."................Wow. If the 2% increase from the FICA tax holiday expiring will decrease your annual bottom line by a whopping 4K, I have to wonder if you're one of the lucky ones whose 250K income made the cut?

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westroad18Jan. 3, 1311:35 AM

This is outrageous. Some one in a point of power is finally making the suggestion that we stop throwing billions of dollars in every direction and he's lambasted by the entire east coast. We are all so very very screwed.

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