WASHINGTON (AP)- The Senate is turning its attention to a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims while President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner try to avert the fiscal cliff off spending cuts and tax increases.
The Senate will start debating the bill Monday afternoon. Republicans said they had no objections after Democratic leader Harry Reid assured them on Thursday they could offer amendments to the bill.
It's unclear if the bill could become part of the fiscal cliff negotiations or not. The measure could face a tough fight on Capitol Hill, especially from GOP fiscal conservatives wary of approving such large spending so quickly.
House Republicans are looking at a smaller initial package to cover immediate needs while awaiting more detailed evidence on damages for additional spending.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:01 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:01:57 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children after a tornado devastated suburban Oklahoma City and officials say the searchMore
Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:38:17 GMT
After a devastating twister tore through the mid-west killing dozens, the American Red Cross of the Lower Shore are standing-by.More
After a devastating twister tore through the Midwest killed at least 24 people, the American Red Cross of the Lower Shore in Salisbury is standing by, waiting for word to mobilize a relief effort for Oklahoma.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:03:41 GMT
SALISBURY, Md.- A former gym teacher who taught at Beaver Run Elementary School in Salisbury was on trial Monday in a "Peeping Tom" case.Jeffrey Brabitz appeared in Wicomico County Circuit Court on chargesMore
A former gym teacher who taught at Beaver Run Elementary School in Salisbury was on trial Monday in a "Peeping Tom" case.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:20 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:20:00 GMT
SEAFORD, Del.- Authorities say a woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger collided with a pickup truck in Seaford late Monday afternoon. Seaford police said that shortlyMore
Authorities say a woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger collided with a pickup truck in Seaford late Monday afternoon.More