16 Jan 2013

Superstorm Sandy aid approved

3:01 pm on 16 January 2013

The US House of Representatives has approved a $50.4 billion disaster relief funding package arising from superstorm Sandy.

In separate votes on Tuesday, the House approved $A17 billion in immediate disaster funds targeted largely for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as $A33.5 billion in funds for longer-term reconstruction projects.

However, some specific spending was cut from the bill through amendments.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the states hardest hit by Sandy last October.

The BBC earlier reported some conservatives are seeking spending cuts elsewhere in the federal budget to pay for the recovery aid.