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Giant stimulus package includes no money for hurricane recovery

WASHINGTON -- The giant economic stimulus bill signed into law this week by President Barack Obama will provide $3.8 billion in financing and tax cuts for Louisiana, but none of it is earmarked specifically for hurricane recovery.

Louisiana officials, who were sharply critical of what they considered a lack of financial support for hurricane recovery from President George W. Bush, are holding their fire on the new president, whose administration put together much of the stimulus package.

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"We're not playing nice; the new administration is playing smart, " said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who praised the administration for supporting language in the stimulus bill that will expedite the arbitration process to free $1.4 billion in hurricane recovery money stalled for years because of disputes between FEMA and local governments.

Even Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,

Added: Feb-21-2009 
By: Hypnojive
Tags: stimulus bill, hurricane relief, obama, new orleans
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