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Push for Large Storm Aid Package Could Draw Opposition

“Cantor has to listen to his colleagues and to his constituents, and listen to all of their arguments. He has got to look at the numbers that we have submitted to ascertain in his mind that they are legit,” Bloomberg said. “I think it would be irresponsible for him to, before he sees all the data, make a commitment.”

Bloomberg said that he and Cantor have “established a dialogue” about the aid request. “If he has questions, he won’t be reticent to pick up the phone,” he said.

Cantor declined comment on his plans for a supplemental spending measure after his session with Bloomberg. “The mayor’s doing well,” Cantor said simply.

Bloomberg also was expected to meet with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky.; and senior Senate GOP appropriators Susan Collins of Maine and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Schumer and fellow Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg, both of New Jersey, were due to meet Wednesday evening with Jeffrey Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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