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House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 4, 2013 at 7:09 a.m. Updated January 4, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.

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A beach front home that was severely damaged two months ago by superstorm Sandy rests in the sand in Bay Head, N.J., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

House approves $9.7 billion in Sandy aid

The House has overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. Friday's 354-67 vote sends the bill to the Senate. (By AP)
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— The House has overwhelmingly approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by superstorm Sandy.

The vote came more than two months after the storm hit and days after Northeast Republicans broke out over House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to delay an earlier vote.

Friday’s 354-67 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which expects to pass the bill later in the day. All of the "no" votes were cast by Republicans.

The bill gives more borrowing authority to the National Flood Insurance Program to pay about 115,000 pending claims.

Northeast lawmakers say the money is urgently needed for victims of one of the worst storms ever to strike the region. Boehner set Friday’s vote after sparking controversy with a decision to delay House action on a broader Sandy aid package.

Read more in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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