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Hurricane Sandy Relief Passes Amidst In-Party Disagreement

Publication Date: 
January 22, 2013
Source: 
KPCC 89.3 - Air Talk with Larry Mantle
Author: 
Larry Mantle

Professor Michele Dauber was featured on KPCC 89.3 - Air Talk with Larry Mantle to discuss the $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill and how it ties in with some of the main points made in her book "The Sympathetic State: Disaster Relief and the Origins of the American Welfare State." 

After a much-maligned delay, Congress has approved nearly $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief funds. The first installment, a $9.7 billion flood relief bill, has already passed through the House and Senate and was signed by President Obama.

Disaster relief has caused partisan divide, but has perhaps more noticeably resulted in disagreement between members of the Republican party. Members of the House hailing from the northeast and other disaster prone or left-leaning states have called for more support from the GOP. All of the no votes on relief bills pass thus far have come from Republicans, with GOP representatives from 22 states unanimously voting no on relief efforts.

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Guests:

Barney Keller, Communications Director of the Club for Growth, which works to promote public policies that encourage a high growth economy

Michele Dauber, Professor of Law and Sociology at Stanford Law School, author of “The Sympathetic State: Disaster Relief and the Origins of the American Welfare State” (University of Chicago Press, 2012)