$60 billion for Superstorm Sandy victims

Last updated 13:49 16/01/2013
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The US House of Representatives has approved a long-delayed $50.7 billion (NZ$60.13b) disaster relief funding package for victims of Superstorm Sandy. 

The 241-180 vote sends the measure to the Senate which is expected to take it up next Tuesday (local time).

Northeastern lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months.

The October 29 storm is blamed for 140 deaths and pounded the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the hardest hit.

In separate votes, the House approved US$17b in immediate disaster funds targeted largely for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as US$33.5b in funds for longer-term reconstruction projects. House Republicans, however, managed to cut some specific spending from the bill through amendments.

- Reuters, AP

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