Discuss as:

Congress: Sandy bill finally passes

The Senate Monday night voted to approve the $50 billion Sandy recovery bill, a week after it was expected. Sen. Mike Lee led an effort on the right to “offset” the funding. His amendment was defeated.

The Senate Tuesday is expected to confirm Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to become the next secretary of state, replacing outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Once Kerry submits his letter of resignation, which is expected today, Massachusetts will set the date of the special election to be June 25, with a primary on April 30. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to name a temporary placeholder Wednesday.

Chuck Hagel’s nomination path looks clear.