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Two parties at odds over Sandy relief

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

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

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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.

The GOP version does not include $13 billion Democrats want for projects to protect against future storms, including fortification of mass transit systems in the Northeast and protecting vulnerable seaside areas.

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