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.
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.