Congress has passed a $50.5-billion reconstruction package to fund rebuilding efforts on the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy, according to the Engineering News-Record. The senate passed the bill Jan. 28, 2013, by a 62-36 vote.
In a statement, President Obama said that he would “sign this bill as soon as it hits my desk.”
The package includes $10.9 billion for the Federal Transit Administration and $5.4 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers civil works program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund will receive $11.5 billion.
Additionally, $2 billion will be applied to the Federal Highway Administration for road and bridge repairs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will receive $600 million for wastewater treatment and drinking water facilities.
Source: Engineering News-Record