Some senators toured the area yesterday to see how the recovery was going, or *not* going, according to one senator:
“We have appropriated $82 billion and we haven’t seen $82 billion worth of progress,” Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., said.This echoes something Moldy City pointed out that the President said last week:
Signing all the legislation I've signed, the federal government has committed $85 billion so far to helping folks and to help rebuild the Gulf Coast of -- (applause.) Of that $85 billion, about $25 billion has been spent. So $85 billion is available, $25 billion of it is already in the pipeline -- that's $60 billion more coming your way.Where are these more than $80 billion numbers coming from?
And the Minnesota senator shouldn’t be too surprised with not seeing $82 billion worth of progress when, apparently, only “$25 billion of it is already in the pipeline.”
Here’s how I can account for $67 billion of it, which leaves around $15 billion I’m not sure about.
If the Gulf Coast is getting $15 billion dollars more than I think it is, that would be great. I just wish it was a little easier to determine where it was coming from.