Help victims of superstorm Sandy 'rebuild their lives'
For victims of Superstorm Sandy: "We are going to be with them every step of the way in helping them to rebuild their lives."
Federal money on the way to storm-hit areas
Updated: Monday, February 11th, 2013 | By Molly Moorhead
After Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast on Oct. 29, 2012, killing more than 100 people and causing billions of dollars in property destruction, President Barack Obama promised quick and lasting help for victims.
"We are going to be with them every step of the way in helping them to rebuild their lives,” he said at a campaign stop days after the storm.
It took three months, but on Jan. 28, 2013, Congress passed a $50 billion aid package, which Obama signed into law that same night. Earlier in January, Congress approved and Obama signed a $9.7 billion bill to replenish the National Flood Insurance Program.
A previous version of the larger spending bill got tied up in the fight over the "fiscal cliff,” and some Republicans voted against the one that eventually passed because it was not offset by spending cuts.
The first $5.4 billion in aid has already been dispatched, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money went to "areas of greatest need in the region impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” including $1.77 billion for New York City, $1.71 billion for New York state and $1.83 billion for New Jersey.
In addition to funding, the Obama administration oversaw the movement of supplies and gasoline to storm-stricken areas. The Department of Defense flew 17 aircraft to bring power generation equipment and crews to restore electricity. Barges brought gasoline to areas with shortages.
It will be months or years before the full response to Sandy can be assessed. But with money flowing to affected areas, we move this promise from Not Yet Rated to In the Works.
THOMAS, H.R. 152, Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, signed Jan. 29, 2013
Associated Press, "Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill,” Jan. 28, 2013
New York Times, "U.S. to Release First Installment of $51 Billion in Hurricane Sandy Aid,” Feb. 5, 2013
Interview with Clark Stevens, White House spokesman, Feb. 11, 2013
HUD Public Affairs, "HUD announces first round of allocation of Hurricane Sandy recovery funds, " Feb. 6, 2013
Associated Press, "US military flying power equipment to storm area,” Nov. 1, 2012
We want to hear your suggestions and comments.
For tips or comments on our Obameter and our GOP-Pledge-O-Meter promise databases, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the wording of the promise.For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.
Keep up to date with Politifact:
- Sign up for our e-mail (about once a week)
- Put a free PolitiFact widget on your blog or Web page
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on Truth-O-Meter items
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on GOP Pledge-O-Meter items
- Subscribe to our RSS feeds on Obameter items
- Advertise on PolitiFact
- Shop the PolitiFact store for T-shirts, hats and other PolitiFact swag