Republicans argued Tuesday that the Obama administration has not provided enough evidence that its $60.4 billion request in Hurricane Sandy aid is needed.
…“Who’s analyzed this? Nobody to my knowledge has in a very sophisticated way laid out a plan,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, said of the request.
He questioned whether states in the Northeast hit by Sandy need that much money — or at least whether they need the entire $60.4 billion right now.
Meanwhile Sessions’ colleague, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), wants offsets so that Sandy aid is debt neutral – money for recovery from a major natural disaster fuelled by climate change that Republicans like Kyl deny is happening.
The affected states actually put their total bill at $82 billion, but seem to have realized that they’d only ever get a lesser figure out of Republican scrooges in Congress. Republicans in the affected areas, including Chris Christie, have backed the administration’s bill.
Matt Dennis, a spokesman for incoming House Appropriations ranking member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said that the request is “entirely typical of justifications associated with emergency requests, which by definition cannot wait a few months.”
“Homeowners, families, and small businesses cannot wait a few months for Congress to respond to severe need created by Sandy,” he said. “They need help now.”
Unfortunately, Republicans are going to make those who urgently need this aid money into the Tiny Tims of this year’s Christmas Carol.