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January 28, 2013

Obama applauds congressional approval for Sandy recovery money

Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Northeast, Congress on Monday passed $50.5 billion in recovery aid. 

"For the families working to put their lives back together, every day without relief is one day too many," Obama said in a statement. "So while I had hoped Congress would provide this aid sooner, I applaud the lawmakers from both parties who helped shepherd this important package though."

Some conservatives remain opposed, but the bill passed both chambers. The Senate approved it on Monday, two weeks after the House.

Sandy caused more 130 deaths and tens of billions of dollars in property damage.


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