Schumer: Monday is 'D-Day' for NY's disaster aid request

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Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday will be “our D-Day” to determine whether Congress will approve $60.4 billion in disaster aid for three states pummeled by superstorm Sandy.

The package, proposed by the Obama administration, will be introduced in the Senate and Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday he expects a “difficult, difficult fight” to fund the entire amount — perhaps lowering expectations for just how much money New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will receive.

“We expect there will be a lot of amendments to cut here, to limit there, to stretch it out,” said Schumer, flanked by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and others at a news conference to pump up support for the disaster-aid package.

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Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) sought to reinforce the long odds of getting all $60 billion approved.

“There's no doubt" a majority of House Republicans oppose the full amount, King said. But he added that if the aid bill ever gets to the floor, he’s confident members will approve it.

King also warned that if Congress adjourns for Christmas without tackling Sandy aid, states may be waiting weeks.

"If we don't get it before Christmas, next week, I don't think it'll get done,” he said.

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