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House Approves $9.7 Billion in Sandy Aid

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.

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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.

CNN has reported that the remaining $50-plus billion will be discussed on Jan. 15.

Matthew Hogan wrote this article.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will provide more information as it's made available.

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Jeri Reiderer January 04, 2013 at 04:23 PM
What a joke! 9.7B out of 60B? Congress is holding the victims of "Sandy" hostage for their own little agendas. I hope the next vote in the House will fail. And where is our illustrious President? on vacation letting the House of Rep. take the fall if the bill fails! 60B and a pittance for victims.

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