By Keith Laing - 10/31/12 02:56 PM EDT
LaHood said the money was "just a down payment on our commitment to all of the states affected by Sandy." He added that "we expect other states to apply for additional emergency relief funding in the coming days."
"All of these actions are just the beginning of our efforts to help those affected by Sandy," LaHood said. "This storm has been heartbreaking for many, and — in addition to sending our hopes, prayers and sympathy to those enduring the storm's devastation — we're taking every step we can to make sure our assistance gets where it's needed as quickly as possible."