Senate rejects bid to trim Superstorm Sandy bill

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:41pm EST

Clouds roll over destroyed homes, almost two months after superstorm Sandy caused damage in the region of Breezy Point of Queens borough, New York, December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Clouds roll over destroyed homes, almost two months after superstorm Sandy caused damage in the region of Breezy Point of Queens borough, New York, December 27, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday rejected a Republican amendment to cut the immediate cost of a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy reconstruction bill by more than half to $23.8 billion.

The 54-41 vote cleared the way for final Senate action on the disaster recovery bill.

(Reporting By Doug Palmer; editing by Todd Eastham)

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