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Obama Says He Will “Quickly” Sign $50-Billion Sandy Aid Package

President Barack Obama says he’ll quickly sign the $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy that the Senate approved Monday.

Submerged Seaside Heights roller coaster
Submerged Seaside Heights roller coaster (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Senate on Monday cleared the $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims bill, 62-36.

Northeast lawmakers say the money is desperately needed to help recovery efforts from the one of the region’s worst storms. The House passed the bill two weeks ago.

 

The measure is aimed primarily at helping residents and businesses as well as state and local governments rebuild from the Oct. 29 storm. It passed despite opposition from fiscal conservatives worried about adding to deficits.

Sandy roared up the East Coast and has been blamed for more than 130 deaths and billions of dollars in residential and business property damage.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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