President’s Request for Sandy Relief

The Editors | December 12, 1:12 pm

Last week, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $60.4 billion in emergency assistance for communities affected by superstorm Sandy. The request includes appropriations for dozens of specific accounts in 19 departments and agencies, which are covered by ten of the twelve appropriations subcommittees.

The largest line items include emergency funds for the Federal Emergency Management Administration, borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program and direct aid to state and local governments in the form of community development block grants.

On Wednesday, the Senate appropriations committee released a $60.4 billion disaster relief bill, matching the president's request, which can be viewed in its entirety here.

Democrats have been pushing to clear a robust bill by December, while Republicans in both chambers are questioning whether there is a need to move so quickly on such a large measure.

Read more at Senate Appropriators Match White House Sandy Aid Request

Credits: Robert Huttinger, Sarah Vanderbilt