House OKs $50.7B for Superstorm Sandy
Measure goes back to Senate for expected quick approval
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2013 6:57 PM CST
A home that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy is demolished in the Staten Island borough of New York Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.    (Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The House approved $50.7 billion in emergency relief for the victims of Superstorm Sandy tonight as Republican leaders struggled to close out an episode that exposed party divisions. The 241-180 vote came more than 10 weeks after the storm brutalized parts of the Northeast. The Senate is expected to accept the measure early next week and send it to President Obama for his signature. Democrats supported the aid in large numbers, and there was substantial Republican backing, too.

Democrats were more politically pointed as they brushed back Southern conservatives who sought either to reduce the measure or offset part of its cost through spending cuts elsewhere. "I just plead with my colleagues not to have a double standard," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York. "Not to vote tornado relief to Alabama, to Louisiana, to Mississippi, Missouri, to—with Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Rita—but when it comes to the Northeast, with the second worst storm in the history of our country, to delay, delay, delay." The Senate approved a $60 billion measure in the final days of the Congress that expired on Jan. 3, but the House postponed an expected quick vote on the measure.

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Tat2d2bamuse
Jan 16, 2013 9:47 AM CST
Um......The people of New Orleans and other area's hit by Katrina should be rolling right now. Remember they sat for days and days in their won filth as we all watched them suffering on TV. Our Country is sick Sided and easily forget those who are less fortunate(The New York area must be shiny enough to save right away. Katrina victims are still dealing with pulling their lives back together. Still living outside of there homes or never going back because everything is lost. We are still waiting to see NO made whole and that happened in 2005................Why would they rush to make Sandy victims whole??????
parrotheadsailor
Jan 16, 2013 2:11 AM CST
23.4 billion is for aid, and apparently the rest is pork, not related to Sandy, to buy votes. This is in addition to 9.7 billion approved last week. This system of blackmail government is sickening. My info. is according to a Google search. That's 27.3 billion in pork and blackmail. Wake up America!
Spudsy
Jan 15, 2013 10:09 PM CST
"Not to vote tornado relief to Alabama, to Louisiana, to Mississippi, Missouri, to—with Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Rita—but when it comes to the Northeast, with the second worst storm in the history of our country, to delay, delay, delay." ---- Look, in the GOPs defense on that southern storm aid, those poor folks had to get their lynchin' trees and churches back on track. You can't blame a party for protecting its base.