Obama signs $50.5bn Sandy aid bill

2013-01-30 10:03
Snow from a northeaster storm coats homes burned in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York City. (Mario Tama, Getty Images/AFP)

Snow from a northeaster storm coats homes burned in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York City. (Mario Tama, Getty Images/AFP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama has signed into law a $50.5bn emergency measure for Superstorm Sandy victims.

Congress gave the measure its final approval late on Monday. Obama signed it on Tuesday night, minutes after returning to the White House from a visit to Nevada.

It took Congress three months after Sandy devastated areas along the East Coast to approve the emergency funding. Obama scolded lawmakers for delaying recovery efforts even as he commended them for providing the long-awaited aid.

Conservatives concerned about billions in debt opposed the measure. Earlier this month, House of Representatives Republicans removed unrelated spending from the bill.

The 29 October storm was one of the worst to strike the Northeast and is blamed for more than 130 deaths and tens of billions of dollars in property damage.

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