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House Approves Disaster Relief Package, Includes Funds to Repair Research Facilities

January 18, 2013—The House Jan. 15 passed, 241-180, a $50.5 billion disaster relief package (H.R. 152) that includes funds for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to repair research facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The House-passed package includes $17 billion to address the immediate needs of communities damaged by Sandy and $33.7 billion for longer-term recovery efforts and infrastructure improvements, included in an amendment offered by Rep. Rodney Freylinghuysen (R-N.J.), which the House approved 228-192.

The Freylinghuysen amendment includes $195 million for NIH to repair or rebuild non-federal biomedical and behavioral research facilities damaged by Sandy.  The NIH funds cannot be used for costs reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or insurance.

Prior to final passage, the House rejected, 162-258, an amendment by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to offset the $17 billion in the underlying bill with a 1.63 percent across-the-board cut of all FY 2013 discretionary appropriations, including defense.

The Senate is expected to vote on the relief package when it returns to Washington the week of Jan. 21.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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