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.Less than 72 hours after
The bill allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay out insurance claims to those who held federal flood insurance.
According to the Associated Press:
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
Long Beach residents sounded off earlier this week, blaming both sides of the political spectrum after the initial bill was ignored by the House, despite approval from the Senate.
The remaining $50-plus billion will be voted on in Congress on Jan. 15.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie released the following 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."
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