The White House is asking Congress to pass a $60.4 billion spending bill this month to pay for Hurricane Sandy.

The amount is less than the $82 billion damage assessment made by the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but greater than the $50 billion reportedly floated by the White House initially.

“All told, although estimates of the total damage of Hurricane Sandy remain in flux, current projections are that Sandy is on track to be the second or third most costly natural disaster in U.S, history, behind Hurricane Katrina (2005) and close to Hurricane Andrew (1992),” Acting White House Budget Director Jeff Zients said in a letter making the request. “Our Nation has an obligation to assist those who suffered losses and who lack adequate resources to rebuild their lives.”