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US Senate approves $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy reconstruction bill

December 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday

approved a $60.4 billion aid package to pay for reconstruction

costs from Superstorm Sandy, after defeating Republican efforts

to trim the bill's cost.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urged the

Republican-controlled House of Representatives to quickly take

up the bill.

Both chambers have to agreed on a package by Jan 2, when the

current term of Congress is expected to end, or restart the

process of crafting legislation in 2013.