GOP Says Sandy Aid Bill Full of Wasteful Spending

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Conservatives are criticizing a congressional measure to send aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy, saying it's full of wasteful spending.

The Senate version passed last year includes $12 billion in disaster relief grants for other states and government spending that has nothing to do with Sandy.

Some of those expenditures include the following;

  • $50 million for replanting trees on private lands damaged by wildfires.
  • $2 million for roof repairs at the Smithsonian museums in Washington.

"An emergency funding bill should focus on the emergency needs of the victims, not the needs of politicians," Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said.

The House has a much smaller bill focused on recovery from the damages from Sandy.

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