House OKs Sandy aid bill
This photo from October 30 shows homes that were flooded by Superstorm Sandy in Tuckerton, New Jersey.
January 15th, 2013
07:39 PM ET

House OKs Sandy aid bill

After days of controversy surrounding the issue, the U.S. House has approved a bill that would send more than $50 billion in aid to states affected by last fall's Superstorm Sandy.

The bill passed 241-180.

Tuesday evening's vote came two weeks after the House approved a smaller, $9.7 billion package paying for flood insurance claims. It also comes following a controversy that arose because the House leadership did not put a Sandy aid package to vote in the final day of the last Congress. That delay came amid fiscal cliff bickering and consternation over dwindling federal funds.

The bill that the House passed Tuesday will now go to the Senate.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Mark

    What was the vote count by party? How could 180 congressmen be so brainless and heartless.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • RunForTheHills

      The bill had $60B in aid and $95B in pork. I would have voted against it, too.

      January 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaggar

      I believe the issue is the package added a lot of pork that had nothing to do with this hurricane.
      The dems had put together billions of dollars that added items that were for things totally unrelated.
      The repubs created a new package with less items. Just more of the same scamming!

      January 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      These are the clowns that run this country and don't care about nothing but their pay checks and free healthcare. We need to weed these people out and send a message to all. This is one nation under God.

      January 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Keyboard Cat

    Way to get it to it late you bunch of worthless failures.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Darth Vader's Mentor

    GOP Cowards....they didn't strip the Democratic pork work billions and sent it back.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. iriserlings

    Jesus Christ. Holograms instead of investigative journalism! What a sad commentary on the state of the news business that one has to get REAL news from Comedy Central. You make me sick.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    I can't believe there are 180 Americans who are public servents who voted against helping these people. They are disgusting and we need to call them out.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dcpartner

    Again you miss accounted the Republican opposition to the sandy Relief Bill on purpose to help counter the Republican position. It is very sad that CNN is still trying to compete with the FOX Fair and Balanced crap.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Johnjon

    how mighty white of them.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    You mean 180 congress men and women actually voted against this bill?

    January 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bushmaster

    Nice. 180 reps in the house thinks that victims of Sandy should be left to their own devices. After all, they don't contribute to their re-election chances and provides no monetary incentive to deserve the kind of support that BILLIONAIRES deserve.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Why not? That's exactly how I was treatwd for Katrina which was a category 5 before it hit land packing a 25 foot tsunami that washed my house out to sea. I got absolutelt nothing from Fema, insurance paid for a two week hotel stay. I'm really glad that the Sandy victims got some much needed help but tgey need to know that the damage they see and the bureaucracy they have to deal with is just a minor inconvenience by Louisiana's standards. That was barely a hureicane and they call it a superstorm.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jay howard

    Republicans are a bunch of losers and traitors. When a disaster happens in a red state you better believe they are at the front of the line with their hands out. LOSERS!

    January 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jinx88

    These Repubs better hope tornados dont tear thru their red states this summer like they have the past few years. What goes around comes around. They better start getting their cuts ready to offset what they will be asking from the government.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mr Dalloway

    The U.S. government in it's present state is very disgraceful.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      I'm sorry I forgot to say it is always our responsibility for who we vote for.

      January 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Be that as it may @ Mr.Dalloway they get most of their votes from their special interest groups and NOT joe citizen! A bunch of egotrippinmaniacs! That is our Congress today! Or high end welfare recipients since they get paid for not working! A definite blight on our country!

    January 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Hamsta im sure they know but im equally sure they dont feel better for knowing that.

    January 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    The state of the world is as it ever was–the rich & powerful hording it over the "peasants"! We just have newer gadgets! 1 thing that needs to stop happening is Riders! Both parties do it! They take a sensible bill & add their "wishlist", of course it's not going to pass! The GOT-Party has done it continuously w/their Norquist pledge–No taxes for the 1%! That's been attatched to every proposal from jobs to budget! Result? Gridlock! Those tactics may have worked last millennium, but it's time to let it go & do things honestly! We tell our kids to not cheat in school; our elected officials should set an example!!

    January 16, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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