President Obama singed the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 152) on January 29. H.R. 152, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a measure of 241-180 and the Senate by a margin of 62-36, was originally sponsored by House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY). The bill will provide an additional $50.5 billion for recovery and rebuilding activities for regions impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including $16 billion in disaster Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for states impacted by disasters in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The additional CDF funding will be granted to and administered by States and local governments and is meant for necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted areas. HUD will have 60 days to administer the funds.

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