Here are some of the most costly items in the White House $60.4 billion supplemental aid request for superstorm Sandy:
- $15 billion for flexible Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which could be used for a variety of needs, including housing repair or replacement costs not met by private insurance or certain other federal programs and public infrastructure investments.
- $11.5 billion sought for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response and recovery efforts.
- $9.7 billion in new borrowing authority for FEMA to carry out the National Flood Insurance Program. Borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program is currently capped at $20.7 billion.
- $6.2 billion for repair and restoration of public transportation infrastructure in metropolitan New York City.
- $5.5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration for mitigation projects to make transportation systems more resilient in the face of high winds and flooding.
- $3.8 billion for Army Corps of Engineers civil works program intended to reduce the future flood risk.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.