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Sandy relief bill heads to president

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate completed congressional action on a $50.5 billion package to aid areas hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in October.  The bill goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it.

The Senate opted to sign on to the House version, passed earlier, rather than adopt their own bill that would need additional time to reconcile.  The measure passed in the Senate on a 62-36 vote.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) was among those supporting the bill

“Ninety-one days ago, Superstorm Sandy struck a body blow against New York State and today, finally, we’ve struck back”, Schumer said, following the vote.  “We now must remain vigilant to make sure these dollars move to the people who need it most, because at this point, aid delayed is aid denied.  This was a bipartisan effort and showed that when a region of our country faces a natural or manmade disaster,  America still comes together and helps those in need. ”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy released a joint statement regarding the Senate’s passage today of the disaster relief package:

"Our genuine thanks and gratitude goes out to the U.S. Senate for its thoughtful consideration and passage of the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief package. Despite the difficult path in getting to this moment, the Senate membership clearly recognized early on the urgency and necessity of approving the full aid package and its importance in rebuilding our battered infrastructure and getting our millions of affected residents back on their feet as quickly as possible.  We also make special note of the tenacious efforts of our respective Congressional delegations in steering the Sandy aid package through their respective houses and bringing this aid home to their people."