$60 billion for Superstorm Sandy victims

An aerial view of the storm damage over the Atlantic Coast is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
An aerial view of the storm damage over the Atlantic Coast is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Utility trucks and first responders navigate flood waters on the main stretch of road in Peahala Park, New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Utility trucks and first responders navigate flood waters on the main stretch of road in Peahala Park, New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Residents walk past burned houses in Breezy Point, a neighbourhood in the New York City borough of Queens.
Residents walk past burned houses in Breezy Point, a neighbourhood in the New York City borough of Queens.
The community of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in this satellite image.
The community of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in this satellite image.
Residents survey the damage from Hurricane Sandy in Bay Head, New Jersey.
Residents survey the damage from Hurricane Sandy in Bay Head, New Jersey.
An aerial view of the storm damage over the Atlantic Coast is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
An aerial view of the storm damage over the Atlantic Coast is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
An aerial view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from Lower Manhattan in New York.
An aerial view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from Lower Manhattan in New York.
Remnants of rides at FunTown Amusement Pier rest on the shoreline three days after Hurricane Sandy came ashore in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Remnants of rides at FunTown Amusement Pier rest on the shoreline three days after Hurricane Sandy came ashore in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
A street in Queens, New York  in the aftermath of the storm Sandy.
A street in Queens, New York in the aftermath of the storm Sandy.
Two girls examine the wreckage of boats washed ashore in Great Kills, Staten Island, New York.
Two girls examine the wreckage of boats washed ashore in Great Kills, Staten Island, New York.

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.

NOT SANDY: A famous viral photos from Sandy of three soldiers in uniform at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia. It was actually taken in September.
NOT SANDY: A famous viral photos from Sandy of three soldiers in uniform at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia. It was actually taken in September.
DATED: This image, taken by finance professional Charles Menjivar, was actually taken during a tornado warning last year. It was first published in The Wall Street Journal.
DATED: This image, taken by finance professional Charles Menjivar, was actually taken during a tornado warning last year. It was first published in The Wall Street Journal.
FAMILIAR: This image really comes straight out of the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.
FAMILIAR: This image really comes straight out of the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.
GEOGRAPHICAL CONFUSION: This photo is photoshopped from a tornado in Nebraska in May 2004.
GEOGRAPHICAL CONFUSION: This photo is photoshopped from a tornado in Nebraska in May 2004.
HIGH WATER: Fear not for your beloved Big Mac, it is actually from the 2009 film/art installation Flooded McDonald's.
HIGH WATER: Fear not for your beloved Big Mac, it is actually from the 2009 film/art installation Flooded McDonald's.
REUSED: This image of the George Washington Bridge has popped up on Twitter several times, but is actually a stock photo from Getty Images, taken in 2009.
REUSED: This image of the George Washington Bridge has popped up on Twitter several times, but is actually a stock photo from Getty Images, taken in 2009.

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