House OK's $50.7 billion in Sandy emergency funding
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Source: NBC News
Updated 7:30pm ET The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night approved an additional $33.7 billion in funding for emergency spending on recovery efforts aimed at helping those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The final vote came after the House had passed another $17 billion in spending earlier in the day.
In all, the House approved spending of $50.7 billion Tuesday, but not after political debates over spending that does not directly go to the areas impacted by the super storm.
The House GOP leadership carefully orchestrated a multi-stage process designed to permit Republican members to vote for some Sandy aid, but not the full $60.4 billion the Senate OK’d last year, if they object to that much spending. And by designing the process in this way the GOP leadership made it highly likely that the total package will ultimately become law after the Senate acts next week.
On the $33.7 billion segment of the bill, a group of northern Republicans joined with Democrats to push the measure to passage, on a vote of 228 to 192.