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House Passes $9.75 Billion Sandy Relief Bill



The measure, which covers flood insurance, needed two-thirds support to pass through the House.

The  House today passed a bill approving more than $9 billion in aid for regions impacted by superstorm Sandy, the first of two Sandy relief measures making their way through Congress between now and the end of the month, CBS News reports.

The measure, which covers flood insurance, needed two-thirds support to pass through the House.

On January 15, the first full day of legislative business on Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner will bring up a vote for another Sandy relief bill, this one for the remaining $51 billion requested by President Obama.

The House was expected to vote on a Sandy relief package earlier this week, before the close of the 112th Congress. But after the House passed a Democrat-crafted deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” — a deal many Republicans disliked due to a lack of spending cuts and an increase in tax rates — Boehner pulled the Sandy legislation at the last-minute.

His decision was met with outrage on both sides of the aisle, and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at the speaker in a press conference the following day. Several House Republicans also threatened to vote against Boehner’s bid to be re-elected Speaker of the House.

In light of the backlash, Boehner quickly scheduled the $9.7 billion flood insurance package for today and pledged to conduct a vote on the remaining funds on January 15.

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