On January 15, 2013, the House considered and passed $50 billion for disaster assistance in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which hit the U.S. at the end of October 2012.  The Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Note to the Coalitions provided a summary of the bill and amendments proposed, as well as information on where the funds were appropriated. The House passed the main amendment, offered by Rep. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), which added just over $30 billion to the original bill of $17 billion.

Additional amendments passed include:

· Bishop (R-UT): prohibits the Secretaries of Interior or Agriculture from acquiring federal land using funding in this bill

· Campbell (R-CA) and Blumenauer (D-OR): clarifies that the U.S. ACOE’s responsibility to construct projects at full Federal expense only applies to the funds appropriated in this bill

· Fleming (R-LA): decreases funding for the U.S. FWS by $9.8 million and prohibits rebuilding seawalls or buildings on islands in the Steward McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Connecticut

· Flores (R-TX): strikes $150 million in funding for NOAA’s Regional Ocean Partnerships

· Huelskamp (R-KS): requires FEMA to disclose all disaster relief grants [language currently requires disclosure for grants of $1 million or more]

· Runyan (R-NJ): clarifies that appropriations included in the bill for fisheries can only be used by states hit by Hurricane Sandy and suffered a fisheries disaster

· Velazquez (D-NY): increases funding for the National Cemetery Administration by $1 million to repair veterans’ cemeteries

All other amendments were rejected or withdrawn, including an amendment offered by Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC), which would have required a 1.63% cut across all discretionary spending to pay for the original $17 billion in supplemental appropriations.

The package now goes to the Senate, which meets next week after the Inauguration.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Legislative Director of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition.