Senate approves $50 billion Hurricane Sandy aid package

After Hurricane Sandy devastated the coastal communities, debris removal teams begin to remove the debris as recovery efforts are in full swing. FEMA public assistance category A debris removal is implemented to fund the operation and clean the streets. SOURCE: AdamDuBrowa/ FEMA via Facebook

The Senate tonight signed off on the House-approved $50 billion Hurricane Sandy aid package.

H.R. 152 “Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013” passed the Senate by a vote of 62 to 36. A GOP-sponsored amendment to offset the Sandy recovery costs by cutting deeply into the federal discretionary budget failed by a vote of 35 to 62. 

Read more: List of 36 GOP Senators who voted against H.R. 152, the $50 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package

The bill now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature.

It took Congress 3 months to authorize disaster relief and recovery funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the hardest-hit states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

“I am pleased that Congress took bipartisan action to provide funding for the communities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and other eastern states devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  For the families working to put their lives back together, every day without relief is one day too many,” said President Barack Obama in a written statement. “So while I had hoped Congress would provide this aid sooner, I applaud the lawmakers from both parties who helped shepherd this important package though.”

The Senate initially approved a $60 billion relief package on Dec. 28.

House Speaker John Boehner pulled the Senate version from a vote at the last minute on New Year’s Day, prompting New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie publicly criticize the House GOP leadership for their “disgusting” display of “petty, personal politics.”

A few days later, the House approved $9.7 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program, which was running out of money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

It took the House another 2 weeks before approving the remaining $50 billion for the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief package.

List of the 9 Republican Senators who voted in favor of H.R. 152:

  1. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  2. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  3. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  4. Dean Heller (R-NV)
  5. John Hoeven (R-ND)
  6. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  7. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  8. David Vitter (R-LA)
  9. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

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