House approves Hurricane Sandy relief package - The Washington Post
The House on Tuesday approved $50 billion in
relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, a package designed to speed aid to
devastated communities in New York and New Jersey, and a vote that provided an
early test of the resolve of Republican deficit hawks.
The package was adopted on a 241 to 80 vote, on the strength of support from
Democrats, as well as 49 Republicans, who mostly hail from communities hit hard
by the Oct. 29, 2012, storm.
It overcame a tough challenge from fiscal conservatives who believed the
emergency spending should be offset with spending cuts in other parts of the
federal budget to avoid adding to the federal debt.
Most Republicans — 179 in all — opposed the final package, an outcome that
would have once been unthinkable in the GOP-led chamber.