House Passes $50 Billion in Sandy Disaster Relief

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On January 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a supplemental spending bill providing relief funding for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The House bill, H.R. 152, contained two amendments containing funds for hurricane relief.  The first amendment, offered by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), provided $17 billion in relief for various federal agencies.  A second amendment, offered by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), contained an additional $33 billion for transportation repairs, Homeland Security disaster relief, and Army Corps of Engineers projects.  A number of controversial amendments that would have reduced funding for programs such as HUD’s Community Development Block Grants were rejected by the House Rules Committee and were not considered during floor debate.  Including the $9 billion in funding for the National Flood Insurance Program approved on January 4, total House funding for Sandy relief is at $59 billion.

The U.S. Senate passed a separate bill at the end of the previous session of Congress.  The two bodies must now reconcile the aid package when the Senate returns on January 21.  Senate leaders have not indicated a timeline for passing a final aid package. Click here (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr152ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr152ih NULL.pdf) to view the full text of H.R. 152.

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