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Sandy Scam: Obama Requests $13 Billion for Storms to Be Named Later in Sandy Bill

12:20 PM, Dec 14, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In the bill to cover expenses related to the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, the Obama administration is requesting $13 billion to cover storms to be named later.

"Mitigation Projects: In addition to the funds necessary for recovery and repair of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Administration estimates an additional $12,970 million [thousands of million] is necessary for mitigation projects to reduce the risk of damage from future disasters," writes Office of Managment and Budget director Jeffrey Zients in a letter to House speaker John Boehner.

That's $12,970 thousands of million, so about $13 billion for "future disasters."

Here's the agency program amount (in millions of dollars), as outlined by Zients:

Agency Program Amount

Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Watershed and

Flood Prevention Operations

$ 150

Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,

Operations, Research, and Facilities

$ 360

Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,

Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction

$ 100

Department of Housing and

Urban Development

Community Planning and Development, Community

Development Fund

$ 2,000

Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, Resource Management $ 400

Department of

Transportation

Federal Transit Administration, Public Transportation

Emergency Relief Program

$ 5,500

Corps of Engineers Investigations $ 30

Corps of Engineers Construction $ 3,820

Environmental Protection

Agency

State and Tribal Assistance Grants $ 610

TOTAL FY 2013 ESTIMATED NEED $ 12,970

A senior congressional aide familiar with the request writes, “This isn’t the baseball winter meetings. The people of New York and New Jersey need aid to recover from Hurricane Sandy, not some storm to be named later.”

The Republican aide continues, “The more goodies these Washington bureaucrats pile onto the core relief package, the harder it’s going to be to get it quickly to the people who need it most.”

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