Sanders: If we can afford to rebuild overseas we can afford to rebuild Vermont

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the slow approach to appropriate federal dollars in the wake of last month’s hurricane.

“If we can spend billions rebuilding communities in Iraq and Afghanistan we for sure can rebuild communities in Vermont, New Jersey, North Carolina and other parts of the United States of America that have been devastated by this Hurricane Irene,” Sanders said Thursday on the Senate floor.

Remembering how quickly, and appropriately, the entire country responded after other natural disasters, including 2005's Hurricane Katrina and this year's Joplin tornados, Sanders said, “What a nation is about, is that when disaster hits one part of the country, we reunite as a nation to give support.”