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U.S. Boosts Tsunami Aid Tenfold to $350M

Guess Bush decided to look under the mattress. I cannot help but laugh at Chimpy’s description of his brother’s “expertise” as he sends him over there in the U.S. delegation. Talk about craven politics. (AP):

“Initial findings of American assessment teams on the ground indicate that the need for financial and other assistance will steadily increase in the days and weeks ahead,” Bush said Friday in a statement released in Crawford, Texas, where he is staying at his ranch.

…White House deputy press secretary Trent Duffy, who read the president’s statement to reporters on the phone, did not disclose details of where the additional U.S. aid was being found in government coffers. He said, however, that the administration was talking with congressional officials about replenishing funds being used to back the tsunami aid pledge.

They’re in good hands now…right?

The president’s brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has experience with extensive hurricane damage in Florida, will travel with Powell overseas. A congressional delegation headed by Rep. Jim Leach (news, bio, voting record), R-Iowa, a former U.S. foreign service officer, is scheduled to visit Thailand and Sri Lanka next week.

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