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Senate Republicans propose smaller, $24 billion recovery package for Superstorm Sandy

Senate Republicans are proposing a $24 billion emergency aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims, less than half of what Democrats hope to pass by Christmas.

The GOP alternative bill filed Wednesday would provide more than enough money to pay for recovery efforts through the spring.

Republicans complain that the $60.4 billion Democratic bill being debated in the Senate is larded with money for projects unrelated to damage from the late October storm, which battered the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina to Maine.

The Republican version does not include $13 billion Democrats want for projects to protect against future storms.

The aid money would go to 11 states and the District of Columbia.

About $2.7 billion in federal funds has been spent on relief efforts so far.