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The Senate has passed the $50.6 billion disaster aid bill for victims of Superstorm Sandy. The bill passed by a vote of 62-36 on Monday, Jan. 28.
H.R. 152, “The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act”, provides $50.6 billion to fund short and long-term relief and recovery efforts. The bill will provide $17 billion for emergency funding for the states most heavily affected by the storm as well as $33.6 billion for longer-term mitigation and prevention projects. The bill passed the House on Jan. 15 by a vote of 241-180 and President Obama is expected to sign the bill this week.
 
Included in the bill:

  • $16 billion for Housing and Urban Development Department community development block grants.
  • $11.49 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief aid fund for Sandy and other disasters. The money is used for shelter, restoring utilities and meeting other immediate needs.$10.9 billion for New York and New Jersey transit system recovery projects.
  • $10.9 billion for New York and New Jersey transit system recovery projects.
  • $5.35 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects for Sandy-related damages and protections against future storms.
  • $2 billion for the Federal Highway Administration's emergency relief program to repair storm-damaged federal highways.$836 million to the Department of Interior for repairs to national lands.
  • $476 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, much of it for programs and equipment to improve weather forecasting.
  • $274 million for repairing Sandy damages to Coast Guard facilities.
  • $235 million for repairs Sandy damages at Veterans Affairs Department facilities.
  • $30 million to the Federal Aviation Administration for facility and equipment maintenance. 

In addition to this package, in early January, Congress passed and the President signed an increase to the borrowing authority of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by approximately $9 billion from $20.7 billion to $30.4 billion to address claims from Hurricane Sandy.  Authority will be effective retroactively to Dec. 12, 2012.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Arguinzoni at 202-624-8691.