Grimm, center, expects the House to approve some Sandy relief funds this week.
The House will likely consider the additional $50 billion in Sandy aid in two parts, as Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., proposed in the 112th Congress earlier this week. The House would first try to pass a bill likely to provide about $18 billion to address the more immediate recovery needs including money for FEMAís disaster relief fund. Sandy has caused the fundís balance to drop to $3.94 billion as of Dec. 31, from more than $7 billion on Oct. 1.
A more controversial third measure would include about $33 billion for longer-term mitigation projects, such as major repairs and rebuilding roads and transit systems to better withstand future storms.
The Senate leadership aide said the majority will wait to see what emerges from the House before deciding how to proceed with Sandy aid beyond the initial flood insurance money.
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.