Boehner Finally Lets Sandy Aid Through

It’s not the $60 billion that passed last session, but we are getting closer.

From ABC News:

The House of Representatives voted on Friday to provide about $9.7 billion in relief funding to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The bill provides funding to the National Flood Insurance program by increasing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) borrowing authority. FEMA, which administers the program, had warned that it would run out of funding for Sandy relief next week. Most of the nearly $10 billion will go to Sandy disaster relief…

The Senate passed one $60 billion bill at the end of the last session of Congress, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the man in charge of the House schedule, declined to place a Sandy relief vote on the schedule. Legislation does not carry over to the new session of Congress, which began on Thursday, meaning any relief bill will have to be reintroduced in the Senate.

It seems after some choice words from New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie that Speaker Boehner is willing to let the full aid go through as additional aid packages are expected to be brought to a vote on January 15th.

Better late than never.

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