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01/04/2013 10:24 am ET

Senators Say No To Storm Aid After Their States Received It

In the acrimonious dispute unfolding in Washington over the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, one of the most contentious requests is for money to shore up afflicted cities and towns against future disaster.

Republican opponents have blasted the idea. In a December statement, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) slammed $12.9 billion in so-called hazard mitigation funding that Democratic sponsors had included in the bill “without identifying a single way to pay for it.”

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