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House Passes 'Scaled Back' Sandy Relief Bill

Aid totaling $9.7 billion approved Friday, with a second vote for an additional $50 billion scheduled for later this month.

Less than 72 hours after failing to vote on a $60.4 billion Sandy aid bill, the House has approved a "scaled back" version of the bill, to the tune of $9.7 billion.

The bill allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay out insurance claims to those who held federal flood insurance.

Earlier this week, Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, slammed Republican leaders in the House for failing to bring the full Sandy relief bill to the floor for a vote.

Associated Press writes, "Friday's 354-67 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which expects to pass the bill later in the day. All of the no votes were cast by Republicans."

The remaining $50 billion-plus will be voted on in Congress on Jan. 15.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released the following joint statement regarding Friday's critical vote by the House of Representatives:

"Today's action by the House was a necessary and critical first step towards delivering aid to the people of New York and New Jersey. While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down payment and it is now time to go even further and pass the final and more complete, clean disaster aid bill. We are trusting Congress to act accordingly on January 15th and pass the final $51 billion instrumental for long-term rebuilding in order for New Jersey, New York and our people to recover after the severe devastation of Hurricane Sandy."

highhatsize January 04, 2013 at 10:29 PM
1/3 of the House Republican membership voted, "No", on a disaster relief bill for folks not-in-their-districts. Every Democrat voted, "Yes". Remember this partisan, political dichotomy.
Robert E Davis January 05, 2013 at 11:26 AM
$60 billion. Wonder what it would have been a "real" hurricane....category 2 or 3????
usVthem January 05, 2013 at 11:34 AM
May I introduce some reality here? The house could have passed a bill with $500 trillion dollars of Sandy aid. Nobody is going to see a dime of it and you will never see evidence of this aid being put to work anywhere. $9.7 billion dollars is less than what is costs our government to run for 1 single day. It will cost $9.7 billion dollars by the time the check is actually cut and sent to...well, to who?
Jaguar-Guy January 05, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Payouts will go totally unchecked and it is likely already rife with fraud. Just throw MORE $ at it.
michael bassett January 05, 2013 at 11:59 AM
what the hell is wrong with this countrys polititians. we send money all ove rthe world helping others lets for one damm year keep the money here help our own struggling folks . it's just a damm crime obummers vacation alone could help a dozen familys.
Preliator January 05, 2013 at 01:12 PM
And remember the non-Sandy aide pork that was attached to this bill. Funds for: Overseas embassies (maybe to fix the Benghazi consulate?) New Federal vehicles Funds for last years tsunami in Japan Improvements to the Kennedy Space Center Funds for fisheries in places as far from the East Coast as Alaska 1/3 of House Republicans voted "No" on a disaster relief bill loaded with worthless useless pork. $60 billion my back side, more comedy from the cesspit called Washington D.C.
highhatsize January 05, 2013 at 06:27 PM
to Preliator: You are mistaken. This scaled-back bill does little more than allow FEMA to pay flood insurance claims. Yet 1/3 of the Republican House membership said, "No", to not-in-their-district victims.

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