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House Approves $50 Billion Hurricane Sandy Aid Package

Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath. Tom's River (NJ) Fire Department personnel on scene.

The vote was 241-180. Only 49 Republicans voted for the measure.

Votes on the large Sandy aid legislation came two weeks after the House approved a $9.7 billion package paying for flood insurance claims following delays over fiscal cliff bickering and consternation over dwindling federal funds.

Altogether, Tuesday’s House measures, combined with the flood money approved earlier this month, came close to equaling the $60.4 billion package the Senate passed at the end of last year.

But since this is a new Congress, the Senate will either have to take up the House package or restart with a new bill for the remaining $50 billion in recovery aid, which would further delay distributing money to the affected states.

Photo by Tom’s River (NJ) Fire Department under Creative Commons license.

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