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Obama vows red tape won't hinder Sandy recovery

On Saturday in a briefing with FEMA, other government agencies, and local officials President Barack Obama said the country had no patience for red tape or bureaucracy during the recovery from hurricane Sandy.

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President Barack Obama attends a briefing with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate (l.) and cabinet secretaries about relief operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, at FEMA headquarters in Washington, November 3. President Obama told emergency response officials on Saturday to cut through government "red tape" and work without delay to assist areas ravaged by monster storm Sandy to return to normal.

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President Barack Obama told emergency response officials on Saturday to cut through government "red tape" and work without delay to assist areas ravaged by monster storm Sandy to return to normal.

"There's nothing more important than getting this right," the president said at the beginning of a briefing with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and state and local governments.

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