House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jan 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-04 19:57:57-05

After withering attacks for not passing the Sandy relief bill at the end of the last session, the House of Representatives Friday morning  approved a $9.7 billion aid package to cover flood insurance.

The only votes against the package, passed by an overwhelming measure, were cast by 67 Republicans. Politicians from areas hard hit by Sandy had cast the opposition as motivated by politics.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

Sandy Relief Vote set following storm of outrage

A larger relief bill will be introduced by Speaker John Boehner on Jan. 15.

The bill would authorize billions in loans to help cover the claims of those whose property was damaged or destroyed by the destructive storm.