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February 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Fresh from being the big man on late night television, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday focused his ire on the National Flood Insurance Program and its slow rate of resolving claims from Superstorm Sandy. Christie, a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, has taken a hard line in trying to secure federal aid for his state in the wake of the storm that hit the Northeast in October. At a meeting in Union Beach, N.J., Christie criticized the federal program that he said has been too slow and plagued by excessive paperwork and bureaucratic delays.
February 5, 2013
Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Richard M. Walden, charity case," Opinion, Jan. 30 Richard M. Walden raises several points about the American Red Cross that I'd like to address. When a donor designates his contribution to be spent on an event such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Haiti earthquake or Superstorm Sandy, that is exactly where the money goes; it is not put into a general account. The Red Cross spends 91 cents of every dollar donated directly on programs and services.
January 28, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Congress sent a a $50.5-billion relief bill to President Obama on Monday help the Northeast recover from Superstorm Sandy, ending a political furor over delays in the disaster aid. The measure cleared the Senate, 62-36. Its approval, after the president earlier this month signed a $9.7-billion flood insurance bill to help pay Sandy damage claims, would bring the relief package to more than $60 billion. "It was three months ago that Superstorm Sandy tore up the East Coast," Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.)
January 26, 2013 | Bloomberg News
The U.S. share of insurance losses from worldwide catastrophes more than doubled in 2012 as Superstorm Sandy lashed the Northeast and the nation suffered its worst drought since the 1930s. The U.S. accounted for about 90%, or $65 billion, of $72 billion in global losses, according to the Impact Forecasting unit of Aon, the London insurance broker. That compares with 40% in 2011, when Japan had higher-than-usual costs because of an earthquake and tsunami. The location and climate of the U.S. make the country more vulnerable than most developed nations to hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and drought.
January 22, 2013 | By David Colker
On a busy day for earnings reports, several major companies released results before the start of the trading day. Some were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy that struck the East Coast in the fourth quarter. On the plus side, at least in comparison to analysts' forecasts, was chemical maker DuPont Co., whose profit for the last three months of the year was $111 million, or 12 cents a share, down from $373 million, or 40 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts on average had forecast only 7 cents a share for the latest period.
January 15, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON--Seventy-eight days after Superstorm Sandy battered the Northeast, the House on Tuesday approved $50.5 billion in disaster relief in a vote that exposed divisions within Republican ranks and foreshadowed the spending fights that lie ahead.  The measure, passed 241 to 180, could be approved by the Senate as early as next week. Approval came after House Speaker John A. Boehner drew a tongue-lashing from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a fellow Republican, for delaying a vote on the emergency aid about two weeks ago, during the lame-duck session of Congress.
January 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Music Rising is expanding its reach again to provide instruments and other aid to musicians in the Northeast whose livelihoods have been disrupted by Superstorm Sandy , much like the organization did for those affected by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region in 2005 and for those affected by flooding in and around Nashville in 2010. The organization has announced it will broaden its mission to encompass all of the U.S., starting with a $250,000 donation to help rebuild school music programs in the tri-state area hardest hit by Sandy.
January 3, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - With the “fiscal cliff” averted despite the failure to solve key budget issues, the 112th Congress will close out its widely criticized term and the 113th Congress will be sworn in Thursday. The outgoing Congress was panned by pundits and ordinary citizens alike, with approval ratings as low as 12%, and it earned the title of “least productive” with just 237 bills passed into law (compared with 385 and 456 in the preceding two Congresses). But 95% of members who made it to the ballot retained their seats.
January 2, 2013 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday set a Jan. 15 vote on a Superstorm Sandy relief bill after enraged Northeast politicians - including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a fellow Republican - blasted the speaker for skipping action on disaster aid in the final hours of the current Congress. Boehner scheduled the vote after a parade of officials from storm-ravaged New York, New Jersey and Connecticut criticized the Ohio Republican for refusing to allow a vote on a $60-billion aid package before the end of this congressional session.
January 2, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Northeast lawmakers, including a Republican, blasted the House GOP leadership Wednesday for delaying action on a multibillion-dollar Superstorm Sandy measure they say is critical to the recovery of their states. President Obama called on the House to take an immediate vote on the aid, saying in a statement that "our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. " The House GOP leadership offered no explanation for putting off a vote on the recovery bill.
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