Sandy aid bill entangled in political stalemate

A federal bill aimed at helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy is hitting a snag in Washington. Lawmakers in the Senate have begun a debate

Some lawmakers insist the $60.4 billion measure includes

Some lawmakers insist the $60.4 billion measure includes questionable spending. (Credit: News 12)

WOODBURY - A federal bill aimed at helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy is hitting a snag in Washington.

Lawmakers in the Senate have begun a debate over the $60.4 billion package. However, some politicians are hesitant to approve the legislation due to what they perceive to be questionable spending measures. For example, the bill calls for $8 million toward Homeland Security and the Justice Department, $150 million for fisheries in Alaska and $188 million toward an unspecified Amtrak project.

In a joint statement, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) said that more than 60 percent of the bill will not be spent for nearly two years. "Americans impacted by Hurricane Sandy deserve better than this," they said.

As for Long Islanders still trying to rebuild after the storm, many say they need immediate assistance and don't have the patience for political bickering.

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