'Fiscal cliff' may hamper Sandy aid
By Megan Busse
ALBANY, New York: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with several congressional members, urging them to approve $42 billion dollars in federal aid to assist in Hurricane Sandy recovery. $2 billion dollars have been spent in federal aid already across 11 states affected by Sandy already. However the looming fiscal cliff may hamper efforts to receive funding. Senator Susan Collins says some of the spending should be offset by spending cuts in other government programs, rather than adding all of it onto the national debt. Congress has so far been responsive to Sandy relief needs, but as the fiscal cliff approaches rapidly and the purse strings tighten, it may become difficult for Sandy aid bills to pass Congress.