Despite GOP opposition, House approves additional $50.7 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief
As expected, the House of Representatives today approved, 241 to 180, an additional $50.7 billion in federal aid for states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Only 49 Republicans voted for the bill; 179 voted against. (The bill itself was for $17 billion in aid; the remaining $33.7 billion in aid was accomplished via amendment and approved by a 228-192 vote, consisting of 190 Democrats and 38 Republican crossovers.)
The aid approved today is in addition to the nearly $10 billion allocated earlier in the month, meaning that the total House package of $60 billion matches the previously approved Senate package.
So that's it. All that Republican drama, all the interest groups demanding Congress not allocate disaster relief, all the other groups demanding it not be done unless the budget is cut an equal amount first, and that one glorious day in which the ever-delaying John Boehner was the target of fuming soliloquies by Republicans such as New York Rep. Peter King and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christieódone.