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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 FEMA’s disaster relief fund. Sandy has caused the fund’s 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.