Some senators are reluctant to approve aid to U.S. taxpayers hurt by superstorm Sandy ["Sandy aid cut is political," Editorial, Dec. 21].

Yet in September, the Senate by an 81-10 vote defeated legislation that would have suspended foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya, despite the violent anti-American demonstrations in those countries.

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I challenge our elected representatives to divert at least 20 percent of the $37-billion foreign aid the United States sends abroad, and earmark it for Americans to help defray some of the cost of rebuilding.

Christopher L. Turpin, Patchogue