NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: A woman walks by homes and businesses destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in the Rockaways on January 2, 2013 in the Queens borough of New York City. Criticism, including by President Barack Obama, has been directed at the Republican House's decision to adjourn without passing a Superstorm Sandy aid bill. According to early estimates, Superstorm Sandy inflicted at least $50 to $60 billion in damage across the Northeast, making it one of the most destructive storms ever. Credit: Getty Images
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: A woman walks by homes and businesses destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in the Rockaways on January 2, 2013 in the Queens borough of New York City. Credit: Getty Images
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The Senate on Monday cleared the 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.
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