Sandy Aid Package Moves Toward House Votes

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a news conference at New Jersey's State House Jan. 2, 2013, in Trenton, N.J. Christie blasted his party's "toxic internal politics" after House Republicans initially declined to approve disaster relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a news conference at New Jersey's State House Jan. 2, 2013, in Trenton, N.J. Christie blasted his party's "toxic internal politics" after House Republicans initially declined to approve disaster relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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By ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Northeastern lawmakers hoping to push a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package through the House are facing roadblocks. Fiscal conservatives are seeking offsetting spending cuts to pay for recovery efforts, and demanding funding cuts for projects they say are unrelated to the October storm.

The amendments by budget hawks set up a faceoff Tuesday, with Northeast lawmakers in both parties eager to provide recovery aid for one of the worst storms ever to strike the region.

[READ: House Set to Vote on Partial Sandy Relief Bill]

The base $17 billion bill by the House Appropriations Committee is aimed at immediate Sandy recovery needs. Northeast lawmakers will have a chance to add to that with an amendment for an additional $33.7 billion.

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