Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, said today on the Senate floor that Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy:
"When we had that devastating Katrina, we were there within days, taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana," said Reid. "Within days. We are now past two months with the people of New York. And the people of New Orleans, in that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what's happened to the people in New England."
Nearly 1,500 died because of Katrina. About 110 died because of Sandy.
Congress voted on federal funding to help with the disaster. The legislation passed both the House and Senate.