After a lengthy process to obtain $60 billion worth of aid for Hurricane Sandy victims, relief will officially be provided to those affected by the superstorm. On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Disaster Relief and Appropriations Act, which funds $50.4 billion in post-storm assistance.
The Senate passed the measure Monday in a 62-36 vote. The legislation, which contains $17 billion in immediate relief and $33 billion for long-term recovery, follows the $9.7 billion in National Flood Insurance funding the House passed earlier this month.
During the last Congress, the Senate passed $60 billion in Sandy aid in one package, but that bill died after Boehner refused to put it on the floor for a vote. When the new Congress was sworn in, the House voted took up the aid in two separate measures.