WASHINGTON Jan 28 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
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.