House of Representatives to Vote on Additional Sandy Aid
Worth $51 billion
The House of Representatives today will vote on legislation to provide an additional $51 billion in aid to the region affected by Superstorm Sandy, the final piece of Sandy aid Congress will vote on after weeks of contention over the issue.
The House will vote on two aid packages, including a bill that provides $17 billion in emergency funding to address immediate needs for victims and communities affected by Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in October 2012. This legislation includes $5.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund, to provide people with temporary housing and crisis counseling, among other things. The bill also includes $5.4 billion for transit emergency relief, as well as $3.9 billion for the Housing and Urban Development Department that will go towards efforts like repairing hospitals and utilities.