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Senate debates Sandy relief funds

Posted On Wed, December 19, 2012

The U.S. Senate began the debates regarding the funding requested by the White House for relief from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to Reuters.

The White House recently announced its request for $60 billion in funding to support relief efforts, including the National Flood Insurance Program. Now, the Senate must determine if the funding is necessary, and if the country can afford to give as much as the White House needs.

Conservative groups have torn into the aid bill, stating that it contained billions of dollars of wasteful spending that was not related to relief efforts. However, the Democratic-controlled Senate is working to support the bill.

The House of Representatives, a Republican-controlled board, is regarding the bill with a more critical eye, and carefully inspecting each facet for its necessity in the relief efforts, notes Reuters.

The NFIP recently noted that it needed further support from the White House to continue offering aid to communities in need. Already, the program has announced that it will raise flood insurance rates by approximately 20 to 25 percent in 2013.

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