Senate votes to approve $50.5 billion Sandy aid package

WASHINGTON Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:38pm EST

A vehicle makes its way near homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough in New York January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A vehicle makes its way near homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough in New York January 15, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday approved a $50.5 billion disaster aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy, three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in coastal New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The 62-36 vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate sends the appropriation measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. It narrowly exceeded a 60-vote threshold needed for passage.

The Senate also defeated a Republican amendment that sought to offset the Sandy aid with cuts to discretionary spending spread over the next nine years.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Comments (5)
jaham wrote:
Awesome…now those Alaskan fisheries can finally be reimbursed for all the damage Hurricane Sandy did to them….ehhh, wait a minute..

Jan 28, 2013 3:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:
jaham wrote: “Awesome…now those Alaskan fisheries can finally be reimbursed for all the damage Hurricane Sandy did to them….ehhh, wait a minute..”

If you want to do something about pork, support a line-item veto. But don’t try to pretend like passing disaster aid packages is something we never did before Long Island came along looking for a handout.

Jan 28, 2013 4:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:
“$50.5 billion disaster aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy”

One wonders how much of this money will actually get to the people who need it. I’m pretty darn sure there will be little left after the States, Counties, Cities and other government agencies get their cuts.

There might just be some crumbs left.

Jan 28, 2013 7:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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