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House Of Representatives OKs $50 Billion Sandy Aid Bill; Will Go To U.S. Senate

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Rohma Abbas   Jan 16, 2013 12:09 PM
Jan 18, 2013 2:36 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday evening approved a $50 billion relief bill that will aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The vote came after harsh criticism by both Republicans and Democrats in the Northeast when Republican leadership in the House failed to bring a $60 billion aid package approved by the U.S. Senate to the floor for a vote earlier this month. Days later, the House approved a smaller amount of the Senate bill—$9.7 billion—on January 4.

Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop lauded the passage of the $50 billion emergency funding bill in a statement released on Wednesday. The bill must now be approved by the Senate, which could vote on it as early as next week.

“I am proud to be a part of the bipartisan coalition that delivered this necessary aid to our hard-hit area, although we should have reached this point many weeks ago,” Mr. Bishop said. “I urge the Senate to pass this legislation without delay.”

In the statement, Mr. Bishop highlighted provisions of the bill important to Long Islanders, including $11.5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund; $5.35 billion in funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; $13 billion in mitigation funds; $16 billion for Community Development Block Grants and $780 million for Small Business Administration disaster loans.

Southampton Town incurred about $2 million in actual storm damage but the town is requesting $50 million in aid, the lion’s share of which would be used for projects, such as beach renourishment, to protect against future storms.

East Hampton Town officials said they would seek FEMA reimbursement for nearly $1.8 million in storm damages.

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Porkopolis.
By dnice (1380), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 10:21 PM
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By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 21, 13 12:38 PM
500,000,000 dollar gift to Amgen. Nice hank o' bacon if you can get it.
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 21, 13 12:39 PM
Shocker! Bishop loves another spending bill. Why can't congress put forth a bill that is soley for relief from hurricane Sandy. I think most people are in favor of that. Problem is they load these bills with unrelated expenditures. Wasting tax payer dollars seems to be the only thing these politicians are good at! No wonder this country is broke.
By razza5350 (1560), East Hampton on Jan 16, 13 11:31 PM
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By SHNative (543), Southampton on Jan 16, 13 11:49 PM
I suspect my friend SHNative just lost patience with dnice and razza, and let fly,thus incurring a takedown by the management. Hey Native, I know it's hard, very hard to stay civil with these guys when they criticize even the spending measures we desperately need -- and fullly deserve, since it's our tax dollars -- just because the spending comes via a congressman who's on their hit list. These two would likely have a problem with the Second Coming if it hadn't been blessed beforehand by Uncle ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1146), Quiogue on Jan 18, 13 9:09 PM
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Many of the population believe there was no First Coming, for Pete's sake.
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 18, 13 9:40 PM
Turkey you need to learn how to read! I dont have a problem with spending measures for thing we depserately need. I DO have a problem when the bill is sold to the public as one thing but in reality is loaded with pork. More waste of taxpayer dollars for policticians means. We are all the suckers who fund their self interest
By razza5350 (1560), East Hampton on Jan 19, 13 9:14 AM
Not a big deal TB considering SHNative usually posts out of emotion instead of logic and reason. Read the bill, then come back here and post about how great it is. Would be terrific if all $50 bil were going towards hurricane relief. Big surprise that it is not. Here is a challenge. When you post, actually try to incorporate some fact into your thinking instead of pure emotion. Oh and for the record, I can't stand Rush Limbaugh.
By dnice (1380), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 13 9:55 PM
I read some odd statistics the other day.

It would seem our current POTUS is not responsible for all five trillion dollars we're in hock since the last ten trillion.

In fact, minus the hidden debt from the Bush years, the bailout, and the interest, our current POTUS is only in hock 1.5 trillion. By comparison, in "real dollars", that amount pales by recent standards...
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 18, 13 9:38 PM
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"minus the hidden debt from the Bush years"

This is fiscally impossible and absolutely false. Some of the spending was the result of supplemental funding requests which is normal during events which require funding within the two year budget cycle, but every penny was added to the debt level at the time it was incurred.
By Mr. Snerdley (121), Southampton on Jan 19, 13 5:41 PM
Allegedly the expense of the Bush "emergency" bills were only added to the debt after he left office, were not part of the budget, and totaled approximately 1.6 trillion dollars. This debt was added to the total after Obama took office.
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 19, 13 6:16 PM
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Allegedly, I like that. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. We had to borrow on liability, it just didn't materialize one day out of thin air as if it never existed. This is one of the biggest liberal lies out there. Let's get to the big picture, Bush was responsible for a cumulative 5.2 trillion of the defecit in eight years. None of it was hidden, he would and will always own it. Obama is somewhere in the ball park of 6 trillion in four years. Whether the policies started under Bush contibuted ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (121), Southampton on Jan 19, 13 7:19 PM
In a way, it does.

The first full nine months of Obama's first term, was Bush spending, with no increases in revenue to back it up as usual. This included, but was not limited to increases in the GI Bill, Medicare Modernization Act costs, Midwest flood aid, "emergency" military funding above and beyond the budget, and discretionary programs.

It's also interesting how the upward curve in debt is almost identical to the massive, inflationary increase in the money supply by the Fed ...more
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 19, 13 7:55 PM
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That's far from hidden and typical in any change of administration.
By Captn America (4520), Southampton on Jan 19, 13 8:48 PM
Source please Mr. Z Thanks
By bigfresh (1273), north sea on Jan 19, 13 7:54 AM
source..Henry Rollins
By razza5350 (1560), East Hampton on Jan 19, 13 9:09 AM
Lou Colagiovanni:

Republican pundits love to say that the national debt has increased by $5 trillion because of President Obama. Factually, that statement is simply untrue. Let's examine the evidence.

Of the alleged $5 trillion, $1.6 trillion is related to costs of the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars. These were costs George W. Bush intentionally hid from the budget, and that President Obama allowed to be calculated when he assumed office.

Note that Obama could have continued ...more
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 19, 13 6:21 PM
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What you're touching on Z is something Big O got dinged on during the campaign. He got four Pinochio's for it. "Obama’s claim that ‘90 percent’ of the current deficit is due to Bush policies." "We are not trying to make excuses for the fiscal excesses of the Bush administration — and Congress — in the last decade. But at some point, a president has to take ownership of his own actions.

Obama certainly inherited an economic mess, and that accounts for a large ...more
Jan 19, 13 8:57 PM appended by Captn America
And let's not forget, due to provisions in the stimulus, Obama has reduced taxes for most Americans, so much so that the Congressional Budget Office says that effective tax rates are at their lowest point in three decades.
By Captn America (4520), Southampton on Jan 19, 13 8:57 PM
Lou who? Probably another liberal science fiction writer. I actually liked it better when you referenced Sam kinison and Henry Rollins.
By razza5350 (1560), East Hampton on Jan 20, 13 12:58 AM
Yeah, 'cause both of them are/were dumber, and poorer than you razza. Try looking for news from alternative sources for a change.

I thought lower taxes, plus less regulation led to a healthier economy, and more job creation?

SO, where are the jobs, and the ******* growth? The amount of resources has not changed. The amount of gold extracted from the Earth has increased, as well as iron, bauxite, coltan, and other minerals.

The one thing that has decreased is the value ...more
Jan 20, 13 8:07 AM appended by Mr. Z
If you bought gold "on paper", dump it. If you have gold, make sure it's not plated tungsten...
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 20, 13 8:07 AM
"alternative news sources" I buy alternative source but your use of the word news is questionable.
By razza5350 (1560), East Hampton on Jan 21, 13 9:37 AM
I am a middle class American citizen and taxpayer. I am working two jobs, I pay my taxes, and I do not receive any assistance from the government in the form of food stamps, free heating oil etc.

This year my paycheck is smaller because my TAXES went up, my health insurance premium went up 10% , even my union dues went up. My employer is constantly talking about reducing the workforce, so I am in fear of being laid off.

Food prices rise every time I go to the store, and I'm ...more
By CaptainSig (434), Dutch Harbor on Jan 20, 13 6:46 AM
You are a tax payer and citizen of this country. The national debt IS your debt. It has a symbiotic relationship with many factors in your life. If not for your sake then for the sale of your children, grandchildren and the country..... You should care
By razza5350 (1560), East Hampton on Jan 20, 13 7:48 AM
Blaming the prez for increases in union dues? That's a new one...
By Nature (2614), Hampton Bays on Jan 21, 13 10:14 AM
Nature , do pay attention to anything? To deny Obama is extremely pro union is ridiculous. It does show your ignorant colors well though.
Can you get Timmy to get me a fireworks permit? maybe? circle beach about 25 feet from the plover nests. Tell him i got cash. Then he wont have to worry about returning it AFTER he gets caught. haha
By double-D (96), southampton on Jan 28, 13 6:36 PM
Geez guys, are we really arguing whose fault it is. When do we finally come to the conclusion that the political system is broken and that almost none of them have our best interest at heart. That isn't the way "their" system works. There are a lot of reasons why it has gotten to this point. It is partly our fault as politicians cannot rule without consent of the ruled and we have allowed them to pull the wool over our eyes.
By dnice (1380), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 13 9:59 PM
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I only threw that out there after reading another thread tallying the debt. Power brokers and politicians can't solve our problems. They have only made them worse. Self interest taken to it's worst extreme has led us to this point.

We need more leaders, and public servants. We need more smart people in government, not millionares who don't really care about us, and line their pockets at our expense. That's not class envy, because the truth is the average net worth of a Congressman ...more
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 21, 13 4:42 AM
If the political system is broken,what do you propose to replace democracy?
By philathome (9328), Southampton on Jan 21, 13 6:54 AM
We don't need to replace democracy. What we need is for democracy in the Republic the function as designed and intended.

There are some very important and incredibly significant reasons the founding fathers gave corporations no place in civic life whatsoever. That changed after the Civil War and look at the disaster we have.
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 21, 13 7:04 AM
George Carlin the comedian drug addict is where you got your political views from? lol How about we get a leader in the White House? We have had no budget since this guy has come into office. We are spending money faster than any time in history, and Obama still thinks Bush is responsible. Obama also wants to continually break the debt cap, but when he was campaigning he said piercing the debt limit is unpatriotic. This president has done nothing except spend money, and you fall for his nonsense.
By chief1 (1408), southampton on Jan 21, 13 8:48 AM
The system, as it was intended, would work fine. Politicians need to be held accountable. For the most part a small percentage of voters actually pay attention or raise a stink and when they do the outcry is usually short lived. Apathy towards the system is what enables it. I'm sure there are good, qualified people that would do the job but they aren't running because they are smart enough to stay out of that mess.
By dnice (1380), Hampton Bays on Jan 21, 13 8:51 AM
Hey chief, the dollar is also more worthless than it ever has been in history. And just for reference Carlin was a helluva lot smarter than you.

Why do you think it takes so many more of them to get the job done?

You can only debauch a currency to a certain point before it collapses.
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 21, 13 9:13 AM
Ah, George Carlin truly appreciated The Golden Rule.

"He who has the gold makes the rule!"

From the end of Mr. Z's quote above: "It's called the American Dream 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it . . . "
By PBR (4368), Southampton on Jan 21, 13 6:18 AM
George Carlin was hilarious.
By dnice (1380), Hampton Bays on Jan 21, 13 9:14 AM
He was also a brilliant social commentator, author, and talk show circuit guest.

A few Lifetime Achievement Awards under his belt too.
By Mr. Z (6486), North Sea on Jan 21, 13 9:39 AM
Dont forget to mention an alcoholic and drug addict.
By razza5350 (1560), East Hampton on Jan 21, 13 2:46 PM
Haha, we all have our crosses to bear.
By dnice (1380), Hampton Bays on Jan 21, 13 3:22 PM
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Cheers!
By PBR (4368), Southampton on Jan 21, 13 5:02 PM
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