Obama urges House Republicans to quickly pass Sandy aid package

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks after the House of Representatives acted on legislation intended to avoid the ''fiscal cliff,'' at the White House in Washington January 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks after the House of Representatives acted on legislation intended to avoid the ''fiscal cliff,'' at the White House in Washington January 1, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote Wednesday on a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill, saying hard-hit states need the federal aid urgently to help rebuild after the October 29 storm.

"When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans," Obama said in a statement.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)

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AlkalineState wrote:
House republicans now deny that Sandy happened. “These are theories and what ever your political position, it’s important that we wait and gather all the facts.”

Good times in teabilly-ville.

Jan 02, 2013 11:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
RIPatriot wrote:
Sandy hit two months ago. Why the sudden urgency? Why is the US govt on the hook to rebuild people’s homes? Get insurance next time folks, what can I tell ya?

Not helping your case when I see these rich long island people with their massive homes on the water crying that their jet ski’s and hot tubs got washed away and they have no insurance. Maybe next time buy the flood insurance instead of the jet skis?

How many people without insurance will get federal aid and have an iPhone? Next time get the insurance and not the iPhone.

Jan 02, 2013 12:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mils54 wrote:
Good for you Mr president!,Keep on them!!!!

Jan 02, 2013 12:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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