On January 15, 2013 the U.S. House of Representatives approved the second of two Hurricane Sandy disaster relief aid bills.
The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 152) passed by a vote of 241-180. The legislation includes $50.6 billion in a disaster assistance package that will help Northeastern states rebuild infrastructure, homes, and communities damaged during Hurricane Sandy. NECA contractors have been working around the clock to safely and quickly restore power to critical infrastructure across the Northeast, including downed power lines, flooded electric substations, damaged generators, destroyed utilities, powerless clean water and waste water facilities, and a vulnerable electrical grid. NECA weighed in with key Members of Congress throughout the debate over the bill, calling for immediate relief for the region. The measure now moves to the Senate, which passed a $60 billion measure in the closing days of 2012, but must now take up a bill again since that bill died at the end of the 112th Congress.
Click here to read NECA’s original letter to the full Congress asking that a relief package is passed as soon as possible >
Click here to read NECA’s letter to the House Rules Committee concerning the Sandy relief bill >
Click here to read NECA’s KEY VOTE letter to the full House of Representatives asking Members to vote YES on the bill >
Click here to read NECA’s press release on the passage of the Sandy bill >