'We need help,' Cuomo says, lobbying Congress (+video)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appealed to Congress on Monday for billions in aid to assist the state's recovery effort following superstorm Sandy. Estimated damages are between $40 and $50 billion.
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Christie is asking the federal government to reimburse the state for 100 percent of emergency costs for at least 90 days after Sandy swept ashore on Oct. 29.
Cuomo said he and Boehner did not discuss whether reconstruction costs would be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. Offsets are a key issue given the budget crisis involving deep spending cuts and tax hikes due to take effect in January.
As of Thursday, FEMA's disaster relief fund had about $5.06 billion in funds left after making Sandy obligations totaling $2.2 billion, according to FEMA reports.
Congress has budget authority to add about another $5 billion to the fund, but would have to vote to approve the request.