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Disaster relief funds hit partisan wall in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With aid to disaster victims running out, Congress on Friday ratcheted up a high-stakes confrontation over spending that once again threatens the government’s ability to function smoothly. By a vote of 59 to 36, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected a broad spending bill that had passed the Republican-controlled House…

New York Republican threatens to withhold hurricane relief from her own district

Freshman House Republican Nan Hayworth’s New York district was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Irene, but the congresswoman seems to be working against her own interests by holding disaster relief hostage in a effort to slash federal spending, according to a recent report. “We’re facing a natural disaster…

Texas GOP Senator: Obama has ‘bias’ against Texas

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday repeatedly accused the Obama administration of harboring a bias against Texas and treating it worse than it treats other states. “I see a bias in this administration against Texas. I do see it in this administration, absolutely,” the state’s senior senator…

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