Senate turns to Sandy aid bill Monday
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he favors a slower approach before spending so much money.
"We need far more information," he said. "How much is absolutely needed now? That's all we should really be considering now, the short-term needs. And then get some real information in."
GOP critics have begun questioning the need for some of the bill's spending, citing as one example its $2 million for roof repairs at Smithsonian Institution museums and support facilities in the Washington area.
Most of the money — $47.4 billion — is for immediate help for victims and other recovery and rebuilding efforts. There is also $13 billion for efforts to protect against future storms, spending that some Republicans question because it is not emergency-related.
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