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UPDATED: House Approves $9.7 Billion in Sandy Aid

The Canals in Long Beach during Hurricane Sandy. Credit: Joseph Kellard
The Canals in Long Beach during Hurricane Sandy. Credit: Joseph Kellard
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.

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 Republicans.

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."

Hamburger January 04, 2013 at 04:26 PM
yay - now i can get my money
Tonto Hertzberg January 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Just to get it on the record. There were 67 NO votes today in Congress. They voted no to paying the flood insurance claims that you paid for via your premium. Thats right, they voted no and every f**King one of them were Republicans. How dumb do you feel now for voting for these scumbags 5 days AFTER the storm?
Patrick Smith January 05, 2013 at 05:58 AM
west end of long beach is really a sad place at 6 in evening, dark and empty, where is all the displaced families,hope there all together . this is no time for politics red v blue , dropped my daughters friend back to hotel, she said 5 family members are all in the same room . this is all over the county.while our scum self-seeking politican are playing a game with these family lives.
Tonto Hertzberg January 05, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Pat: The scum you are referring to are the GOP scum that voted NO to giving what you are owed...............your Flood Insurance claim money. Next week they will attempt to screw you out of the billions in public works cash that is needed.
Carly January 05, 2013 at 02:49 PM
FEMA has handed out millions already to those without flood insurance and the govt has disseminated billions to those who don't work. The country is broke, more than half of our citizens don't work, the union pensions are out of control, social security is close to bankrupt and all of us working people will never see a penny from all we've contributed when and if we ever retire.. Attention must be paid by the working, voting populace. This is not a partisan issue. This is about the broken fundamentals of our country and a lack of common sense. Do not reelect any of those republicans who voted no to us getting our own money back. But do not vote blindly along party lines for those who are giving our present and future away.
wikyjalo January 05, 2013 at 04:53 PM
WIldman, those 67 are listied in todays Daily News - every Long Beach resident should write to them and let them know how long we have been waiting for the flood coverage WE PAID FOR yet have not received a penny from yet. It is a disgrace that I pay nearly $2500 a year for flood insurance and they are holding back money for us to be fixed.
Tonto Hertzberg January 05, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Remember that Rep. Pete King voted to re-elect Speaker Boner to his post AFTER that drunken nicotine addicted lout closed Congress and went home with out voting to give us what we are OWED by our insurance, FEMA. Get him out too!
BSM January 05, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Wildman, the alternatives to Boehner were even worse (hard to believe.). Eric Cantor would have been even harder to work with.
Me January 06, 2013 at 02:31 PM
How is this aid?????? I find it almost insulting that people feel this is doing something for us. This money is to pay flood claims that they are contractually obligated to pay. This isn't any form of aid. I paid my premiums for the last twenty years and will pay them till the day my children likley start paying them. All I recived was a small advance months ago. I know poeple on my block who didn't buy insurance and got their $31,900.00 in FEMA grant already in the bank. Why exactly did I pay for insurance??????
David Prophet January 06, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Paul Ryan was one of those who voted no, remember that when he's on the next Presidential ticket.
Tonto Hertzberg January 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM
VP loser Paul Ryan NEVER had a real job, in the real world. He is a LIFELONG political hack from the day he got out of college. In a speech last summer he called teachers "leaches". In the same speech he referred to his " lifetime of public service".............20 years of one hack appointed or elected job after another. What a disgusting pig.
Rachel January 06, 2013 at 05:13 PM
I have a house in the West End and I just want to go home!!!! We all make our mortgage n insurance payments on time and we shouldnt have to beg to put the roof back over our heads n the floors under our feet!
Patrick Smith January 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
wildman The dems are no different with all the self seeking pork they had in it, scums on both sides playing politics with peoples lives , west end is a ghost town ,nobody is home .empty homes everywhere .because we cannot get our flood insurance . not hearing a word from our self seeking councilmen ,but we will when money comes .they all want to take the credit ,especially rep king and schemer
David Prophet January 06, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Patrick, I agree with you to in principle and am no fan of government these days. That said, the House Republicans actions on this issue are about as an appalling example of playing politics with people's lives as could ever be. I cannot think of many ways in which people could need help from our government so desperately as what has happened here. It's a disgrace of epic proportions, and one I will remember for the rest of my life at the polls.
Crystal G Piatnick January 06, 2013 at 11:44 PM
I am amazed how US shells out millions and millions of dollars to other countries but when it comes to our own there is no help. disgusting.. we even go rebuild our enemies city.. how many.billions have we shelled out to other national diaster victims.. I cant.stand any of them anymore..I always voted republican but when I found out that they denied the claim I was sickened. I understand there is no money.. we r broke... but how.come.we always find a way to help other.countries.

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