Long-delayed Superstorm Sandy aid to get vote in US Senate

WASHINGTON - The US Senate plans to vote on a long-delayed $50.5 billion aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Monday, three months after the storm devastated New Jersey and New York coastlines and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
The vote, expected after 5:30 p.m., was postponed last week as Senate leaders wrangled over new rules aimed at limiting procedural roadblocks known as filibusters.
The reconstruction aid, originally requested in early December, still faces hurdles in the Democratic-controlled Senate, including a Republican amendment aimed at offsetting the entire cost with across-the-board budget cuts spread over a decade, and a 60-vote threshold needed for final passage.