Obama Signs Sandy Relief Bill

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25:  Mike Burke looks at his flooded and frozen basement in the Rockaways following Hurricane Sandy on January 25, 2013 in New York City. Burke has no heat do to a destroyed boiler. Three months after Sandy devastated parts of New York and New Jersey, hundreds of residents are still without electricity and heat and depend on churches and charities to meet their basic needs. This past week saw some of the coldest temperatures of the winter hit parts of New York.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Rockaways resident in Sandy-damaged basement on Jan. 25. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

    There couldn’t have been a better way to honor the three-month anniversary of superstorm Sandy. President Obama signed a $50.5 billion relief bill on Tuesday night, one day after Congress gave the final seal of approval on the bill, which had spent weeks under fierce debate. Even as he signed it, Obama continued his criticism of congressional leaders for not passing it sooner. Conservatives, believing the bill to have too much unrelated spending, had held up passing the emergency funding. Earlier this month, House Republicans removed the unrelated spending while Congress also passed a $9 billion flood insurance bill. The Oct. 29 storm, one of the worst to hit the Northeast in history, is blamed for 130 deaths and billions in property damage.

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