Jan. 17, 2013 – A $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief measure was cleared last Tuesday by the House to fund emergency food assistance, construction, flood and storm damage assessments and more.
The measure, passed by a vote of 241-180, was the last piece of business addressed Tuesday before House Republicans departed for a retreat in Williamsburg, Va.
Of the $50.7 billion in aid approved, $17 billion is allocated specifically for storm victims in New York and New Jersey, reports said. the $50.7 billion package is in addition to a $9 billion measure approved two weeks ago to temporarily increase borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program.
The package, H.R. 152, is headed to the Senate for action. The Senate comes back Monday for a joint session of Congress.