As articles are written about federal funding coming to the Gulf Coast for rebuilding, at some point they all give a summation of how much money has been approved and/or promised by Congress.
A little while ago, I gave media outlets a line that could be cut-and-pasted if they didn’t feel like doing any research and just wanted to roll with the White House’s talking point:
Congress has already committed over $110 billion dollars to rebuild the Gulf Coast.Well, I am proud to say that the Times-Picayune doesn’t cut and paste:
Congress has approved more than $68 billion in spending packages submitted by President Bush for hurricane relief and recovery. Last week, Bush asked Congress for an additional $19.8 billion for that effort.The $85 billion number is dead to them.