Wednesday, December 05, 2012
CT U.S. Senators Reiterate Need for Sandy Aid
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington —Lawmakers from states affected by Superstorm Sandy, including Connecticut Sens. Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal, made their cases to Senate appropriators today for billions of dollars in disaster aid, setting off what’s expected to be a long and hard-fought struggle.
Like Gulf Coast lawmakers whose communities were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, East Cost lawmakers made their pitches for funds to cover uninsured losses - and much, much more money to “rebuild smarter and stronger” with new flood control projects and the burying of power lines Lieberman, I-D, said Connecticut needs $3.2 billion in federal aid.
“Although attention has been focused, rightly, on New York and New Jersey, Connecticut is a critical part of this economically dynamic tri-state region,” Lieberman said. “In fact, Connecticut sent support to both states during and after the storm and our own economy depends on the recovery of New York and New Jersey.”
The Obama administration is expected to send Congress a request for a supplemental bill to cover disaster aid this week.
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