Obama asks $60 bn from US Congress for Sandy aid
London: US President Barack Obama has requested the Congress for more than 60 billion dollars, for response, recovery and repairs in the wake of the damages caused ‘Superstorm’ Sandy.
The scale of the request was welcomed by the governors of the two worst-hit states, New York and New Jersey.
However, the request fell short of the 80 billion dollar estimate of the total damage done in those states and in Connecticut, the BBC reports.
According to the report, Obama’s request will have to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-led Senate before funds are made available.
It is expected to face scrutiny in Congress, where many fiscal conservatives are strongly opposed to increases in US federal spending, the report said.
The White House said the storm was on track to be the second or third most costly storm in US history.
‘Frankenstorm’ Sandy has been blamed for more than 120 deaths, and many thousands of people are still unable to live in their flood-damaged homes, the report added.