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Sandy Aid Bill Includes Funding For Coast Guard Academy

$18 million in repairs to New London service academy included in $51 billion aid bill going to House vote on Tuesday

A Hurricane Sandy aid bill currently awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives includes $18 million for repairs to the Coast Guard Academy.

According to the Connecticut Post, the storm damaged the main pier, Seamanship and Sailing Center, seawall, and roofs while also downing trees and flooding athletic fields and buildings. The $18 million tab is part of $66.8 million in expenses earmarked for the Coast Guard, according to the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

The added funds in the expense account would go toward repairing Hurricane Sandy damage at Coast Guard facilities along the East Coast. The bill also allocates $207.4 million to the service's acquisitions, improvements, and construction account for rebuilding and repair work.

The Senate approved a $60.4 billion Sandy relief bill requested by President Barack Obama last month, but the House approved only $9.7 billion for flood insurance funding after several Republican members protested the extent of the funding.

The House will take up the bill again for a decision on Tuesday and the Senate intends to finalize it by the end of the month, according to Newsday.

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