January 4th, 2013
02:42 PM ET

Congress passes scaled-back Sandy aid bill

[Updated at 2:43 p.m.] After days of controversy surrounding a canceled vote on a Superstorm Sandy aid package, the new Congress has approved part of the plan.

The U.S. House on Friday approved a $9.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package, 354-67, and the Senate gave its own approval, unanimously and without debate, in the afternoon.

Lawmakers from both houses will weigh in on $51 billion in additional Sandy aid on January 15, but that larger portion will likely face much closer scrutiny in a Congress anticipating more acrimony over spending and debt.

Frustrated victims of the massive October storm in the Northeast watched this week as a vote on a $60 billion measure was canceled just before the previous Congress wrapped up its work. Politicians from hard-hit New York and New Jersey blasted House GOP leadership for canceling the vote, until House Speaker John Boehner promised to hold the new votes this week and January 15.

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  1. saywhat

    I think we should let these poor hard working lawmakers who have been burning midnight oil for us the people for the past decade, have some peace & quiet. They have earned it havn't they?
    Let Boehner celebrate his victory. The nation can wait.
    God, what have we ended up doing to ourselves.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ saywhat, yup situations like this require a bit of sarcasm dont they?

    January 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David30330

    Still spending money we don't have.

    January 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    good morning @chrissy.
    It hurts dear friend to see where we stand today.

    January 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    We stand on the edge of a new frontier, gentlemen. 🙂
    Never before have a people willingly forsaken their right to privacy without there being a government imposing. We Americans gave it up for the sake of easier consumerism. We've become so freaking non-productive and lazy, we'll blab our personal info everywhere so we don't have to get off the couch to go shopping!
    And yet we cry foul! Da gubment enroached upon are privacy.
    Moo cow hurd over cliff.

    January 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trinity

    I so agree with all these comments, we have handed over our country and allowed so called "low information" voters to decide who is going to run our country. The majority of people who vote are "gimme" whats mine and yours, and more of yours. All the while blinded by superficial words coming from people who truly dont give a crap about them. Good Lord, what have done?

    January 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hide Behind

    The american public is wanting a security state and it is in place too a great extent, all it will take is a trigger event on domestic shores.
    ALL THAT does is speed up the timetable on security sector needs.
    AS to social reordering maybe, lets hope the preppies are right full swing by mid 2013.
    ASK the msrkets why US and Euro investors dumping shares in all midscale and reinvesting in highend andextraction industry?
    BETER play the game right.

    January 5, 2013 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    America needs State Security the same as Social Security.
    Who but US could save us from ourselves? America NEEDS secured. From herself.

    January 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |