Senate Republicans Nickel and Diming Sandy Relief

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 7:01 am

While the nonsense continues on the fiscal slope, which increasingly looks like something the nation will have to weather, the Senate has been working on an appropriation for states suffering from the disaster caused by Hurricane Sandy. The parallel has to be understood: in one part of Washington, they’re trying to put in a deficit [...]

Hurricane Sandy Relief Appropriation Running Into Trouble

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 8:30 am

While waiting around for fiscal slope negotiations to conclude, Congress has bided its time with legislation seemingly timed for the holiday travel season. The House gave final approval to a bill that would give the TSA more leeway when screening checked baggage from international airports that is going on to a separate flight in the [...]

Administration Issues $60.4 Billion Sandy Relief Request

By: Monday December 10, 2012 7:01 am

Late on Friday, the Administration made a $60.4 billion supplemental appropriation requestfor dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. The request went directly to House Speaker John Boehner. The total is actually a bit higher than estimated. This is a rough sketch of what the Administration plans to use the funds fo.

Obama to Request $50 Billion for Sandy Relief

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 7:45 am

For a Congress spending every waking minute talking about deficits, they sure know how to spend gobs of money above and beyond requested budgets – as long as it goes to the hands of defense contractors. The Senate version of the defense authorization bill costs $631 billion. This is $17 billion more than the Pentagon asked for. It passed 98-0. It now goes to a conference with the bill passed by the GOP-led House, which costs $3 billion MORE. The White House threatened to veto the bill over the budget overages, which is just adorable.

Still Waiting for Sandy Relief

By: Friday November 30, 2012 10:10 am

You wouldn’t know this from the coverage, as the press has moved on to deficits and grand bargains. But we still have a public health disaster in the middle of the heavily populated Eastern seaboard as a result of Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath. The New York City Health Department is warning medical providers that [...]

Christie Ups Appropriation Request for Sandy Relief

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 9:15 am

Joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revised his estimate upward in asking for disaster relief funds to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, seeking $36.8 billion. The additional money would be used to reengineer beaches, including additional sand dunes, to protect the [...]

As New York Officials Deliver Damage Estimates, Prospects for Supplemental Funding Remote

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 9:15 am

It’s easy to forget, amid the non-stop talk about long-term deficits, that the East Coast remains fairly ruined from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who’s going to win re-election next year by saying he’s the only man in the state equipped to handle the reconstruction efforts – already released [...]

Cuomo Seeks $30 Billion for Sandy Relief

By: Monday November 12, 2012 7:45 am

Chris Christie thought it a proud moment to claim, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, that all power would be restored in the state of New Jersey. The public suffering most from the effects of the storm has not been amused by the boasts and exhortations of politicians. Meanwhile, residents in Long Island who have been [...]

Difficulties With Hurricane Sandy Response on Staten Island

By: Friday November 2, 2012 6:58 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The New York/New Jersey cleanup from Hurricane Sandy has been decent in areas, but the response in Staten Island is being harshly criticized by local residents. Nineteen people are dead and 80,000 still without power. The residents of Staten Island are pleading for [...]

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Insurance Industry: Less Than You Think

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 10:43 am

The common belief after a storm of the magnitude of Sandy is that the brunt of the cost will get picked up by insurance companies. But that’s far more true in the case of typical hurricanes in normal hurricane zones like the Gulf Coast. In the Atlantic Coast, insurance policies don’t come with flood insurance [...]

Congressional Constraints Could Harm Sandy Response

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 6:18 am

By now you’ve probably heard about or seen the consequences of Frankenstorm Sandy, especially along the Jersey Shore and in the five boroughs of the New York City metropolitan area. The evacuation of NYU Hospital. The flooding of the New York City subway system. The shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange on consecutive days [...]

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