Pennsylvania U.S. Sen.
The measure cleared the Senate Monday night, 62-36. The House passed the measure on Jan. 15 with the support of local area Republican U.S. Reps.
Toomey took to the Senate floor to explain his opposition. He said he supported emergency relief funding, but not when it included money unrelated to the storm like
"But I am concerned ... that some people have used the occasion of the misery these people are suffering through to add on all kinds of spending that has absolutely nothing to do with Superstorm Sandy, and none of it is offset. So we have a $1.1 trillion budget deficit, and we are just adding another $60 billion right on top of that," he said during his floor speech.
Toomey and other
Democrat U.S. Sen.
voted for the bill.