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Democrats: Obama to ask for $50 billion Sandy aid

WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to ask Congress for about $50 billion in additional emergency aid for states hit by Hurricane Sandy, Democrats on Capitol Hill said Wednesday.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that the administration is still working on a request for a supplemental spending bill to provide the aid and expects to send it to Congress this week.

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