House members urging Speaker John Boehner to bring up a Hurricane Sandy relief package on Jan. 1.
Nearly two weeks after reluctantly okaying $9.7 billion in relief funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, lobbying and lambasting has moved the House to pass the rest of the $50.7 billion emergency bill, which will aid victims of the storm, the New York Times reported. The bill passed 241 to 180, with only 49 Republicans joining 192 Democrats. The Senate is expected to pass the measure, and President Obama has already expressed support for signing it. The $50.7 billion aid package comes in addition to the $9.7 billion package the House approved on January 4th. [more]