1. SUPERSTORM SANDY:
Key lawmakers press for more mitigation funding
With legislation that would provide funds for states affected by Superstorm Sandy expected on the Senate floor early next week, some appropriators say they plan to boost the administration's mitigation request to help ensure new infrastructure projects can withstand the impact from violent weather. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, said the Army Corps of Engineers' budget is "really woefully underfunded" and not well-positioned to build stronger projects.