Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid failed to win the 60 votes needed to take up a House-passed bill that he wanted to use as the vehicle for emergency disaster relief.
The Nevada Democrat sought to provide $7 billion in disaster funding and said on the Senate floor that the money is urgently needed, arguing that emergencies have been declared in 48 states.
The Majority Leader fell seven votes shy of the 60 needed to proceed to the measure, picking up six Republicans. But 14 Senators did not vote, including six Democrats.
via Stand-Alone Disaster Bill Comes Up Short in Senate : Roll Call News.
Post-Irene Trail Updates for Hikers, Trail Volunteers
NY-NJ Trail Conference
Updated August 30, 2011
We remind hikers that many parks in our region are closed and that trails may have newly hazardous conditions. Further, access to many trail heads is cut off owing to bad road conditions, including road and bridge washouts, continued flooding, blowdowns. Check NYS Dept of Transportation Latest News for their assessments and lists of closed state roads.
Anyone–including trail supervisors and maintainers–considering heading to trails in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene should be cautious about the following:
road flooding and washouts
unusually high and fast stream flows on or near trails
trail bridge washouts
leaning trees and hanging branches
loose boulders and rocks
Please report hazardous trail situations here.
via Post-Irene Trail Updates for Hikers, Trail Volunteers | New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.