President Obama sent a request to Congress asking for $60.4 billion to fund Hurricane Sandy storm recovery efforts. The request is expected to be introduced in legislation next week and will be debated after that.
Among the highlights of the proposal are $15 million for emergency food assistance, more than $800 million to help small businesses, another $800 million to make sure clean drinking water is available and $88 million to repair damaged Department of Defense facilities. The bill contains no earmarks and has built-in flexibility to ensure the most pressing needs are met quickly and that accountability is a high priority.
Read the full breakdown of the request from the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.