Delaware, Maryland and other states that were affected by Superstorm Sandy are now one step closer to getting their federal relief money.
Friday, the Senate passed House Resolution 1, the Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, by a 61-33 vote. The bill would release $60.4 billion in federal funding to Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and other states that were hit by Sandy in late October.
In a statement, Senator Tom Carper says the funding will provide funding for cleanup, repairs and building up protections from future storms. Carper says the money will also help the state protect critical infrastructure like the Indian River Inlet Bridge.
Carper called on the House to pass the aid bill, or something similar, and described how Northeastern states have helped other states in their times of need after disasters, from hurricanes and tornados in the South to droughts and floods in the Midwest to wildfires in the West.
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