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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.