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House passes $9.7B in Sandy relief

January 04, 2013 02:15PM

John Boehner

Initially reluctant House lawmakers were ultimately unable to bear the pressure coming from New York and New Jersey officials this week, and have okayed $9.7 billion in relief funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, the New York Times reported. The aid will cover insurance claims filed by individuals whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The initial $9.7 billion of relief is the least controversial portion of a much larger $51 billion aid package that states are seeking to help cover the costs of the storm for homeowners and local governments alike. The House has pledged to take up the balance of the aid package on Jan. 15, according to the Times. [more]