House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid
|By ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press|
Friday's 354-67 vote sends the bill to the
The bill gives more borrowing authority to the National Flood Insurance Program to pay about 115,000 pending claims.
Northeast lawmakers say the money is urgently needed for victims of one of the worst storms ever to strike the region. Boehner set Friday's vote after sparking controversy with a decision to delay House action on a broader Sandy aid package.
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At last, the storm-racked Northeast is getting a House floor vote on billions in disaster relief aid for victims of October's Superstorm Sandy, but only after a host of East Coast Republican lawmakers threatened a near mutiny against
The flood insurance measure is the first phase of a proposed Sandy aid package. Under Boehner's new schedule, the House will vote
Northeast lawmakers say the money is urgently needed for storm victims awaiting claim checks from the late October storm, which was one of the worst ever to strike the Northeast, ravaging the coast from
"People are waiting to be paid," said Rep.
About 140,000 Sandy-related flood insurance claims have been filed,
The house is a "total loss," Rock said. "We don't want to demolish the house and have them say, `We have to go around and take more pictures.'"
Speaking of the legislation pending Friday, Rep.
Sandy was the most costly natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was blamed for at least 120 deaths. Northeast lawmakers have complained that it took just 10 days for
"States and local communities need to know the money will be there before they can give a green light to start rebuilding," said LoBiondo.
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