House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 01: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting where members considered the legislation that is supposed to blunt the effects of the "fiscal cliff" during a rare New Year's Day session January 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) negotiated the deal that produced The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which passed the Senate after midnight on New Year's Day. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by ANDREW MIGA / Associated Press

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Posted on January 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House has overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. The vote came more than two months after the storm hit and days after Northeast Republicans erupted over House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to delay an earlier vote.

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 bill gives more borrowing authority to the National Flood Insurance Program to pay about 115,000 pending claims.

Northeast lawmakers say the money is urgently needed for victims of one of the worst storms ever to strike the region. Boehner set Friday’s vote after sparking controversy with a decision to delay House action on a broader Sandy aid package.

 

 

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