WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy brutalized parts of the heavily populated Northeast, the House approved $50.5 billion in emergency relief despite a large no vote from Republicans.
Republican leaders struggled to close out an episode that exposed painful party divisions inside Congress and out and the final vote was 241-180. Officials say the Senate is likely to accept the measure early next week.
Conservatives failed in an attempt to offset a part of the bill's cost with across-the-board federal budget cuts. The vote was 258-162.
Sandy has been blamed for 140 deaths and billions of dollars in residential and business property damage, much of it in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The House measure includes about $16 billion to repair transit systems in New York and New Jersey and a similar amount for housing and other needs.
256-a-07-(Congressman Tom Reed, R-N.Y., annoucing the vote)-"bill is passed (sound of gavel)"-Congressman Tom Reed announces the Sandy aid package has been approved. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (15 Jan 2013)
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252-w-36-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Congressman Tom Reed, R-N.Y., Congressman Chris Smith, R-N.J. and Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Calif.)--The House has approved an aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. ((opens with sound)) (15 Jan 2013)
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254-c-18-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)-"it next week"-AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports supporters of the measure said it's long overdue. (15 Jan 2013)
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253-c-21-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)-"by one-point-six percent"-AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports the House has approved an aid package to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. (15 Jan 2013)
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