Rosemary McDermott and her husband Anthony Minor react as they open a safe containing a family genealogy they were able to salvage from the basement of her mother's home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

House approves $50.7b for Sandy aid

  • Associated Press
  • January 15, 2013 - 6:35 PM

WASHINGTON - The House has approved a $50.7 billion measure for Superstorm Sandy victims.

The 241-180 vote sends the measure to the Senate which is expected to take it up next Tuesday.

Northeast lawmakers from both parties have been pressing for the aid for more than two months.

The Oct. 29 storm is blamed for 140 deaths and pounded the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Maine with hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the hardest hit.

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