Hurricanes-Spending

By: AP
By: AP

Washington lawmakers are having trouble figuring out where to get the cash to pay for hurricane recovery.

Katrina-related spending is already at $62 billion and could go to $200 billion. And there's no telling how much Hurricane Rita might cost.

The question is where will that money come from.

Some suggest delaying the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Others say cut Amtrak subsidies, crop supports, grants to state and local governments and hometown projects.

Still others offer federal spending freezes, stripping "pork barrel" projects out of already approved bills, increasing airline ticket taxes or stopping construction of two new federal prisons.

All those ideas have pretty much been rejected or ignored.

A group of House conservatives has announced "Operation Offset" but members admit there's no agreement on a roster of spending cut ideas.


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