(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) applauded Senate passage of the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Assistance Supplemental bill, which appropriates $60.4 billion in aid to areas affected by this natural disaster. Superstorm Sandy was the fourth major natural disaster Connecticut faced in the past year and a half. This funding will help Connecticut prepare for the next major storm, and repair damage caused by SuperstormSandy.
Funding will be awarded to municipalities for flood mitigation, infrastructure improvements, personal expense reimbursement, and other necessary projects. This funding will be allocated once the House of Representatives approves the bill.
Blumenthal said, “This historic aid package is a strong first step toward rebuilding and recovery – and preventing future damage from similar disasters. I applaud the Senate, and my friend Joe Lieberman in particular, for his hard work on this important legislation. Because these monster weather events seem to be the new normal, the principle of this $60 billion package is invest now or pay later – proactively upgrading our Long Island Sound barriers, electric grids and other infrastructure to stop future destruction from such storms. I am proud that the Senate has shown we are the United States of America, coming together as a nation to aid victims. Disaster aid delayed is disaster aid denied, and I strongly urge the House of Representatives to swiftly pass this measure so that Connecticut can quickly receive its portion of this funding to repair and prepare the state for future storms.”