House to begin voting Friday on aid for Sandy victims | Nation/World | Detroit Free Press | freep.com: "WASHINGTON -- "The House will vote Friday on a $9.7 billion measure to fund the National Flood Insurance Program, then will act two weeks later on an additional $50.3 billion in disaster relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy, House Republicans said Wednesday.
Republican Rep. Pete King of New York said the package will add up to the approximately $60 billion in disaster aid sought by Northeast states pummeled by the Oct. 29 storm.
The Senate passed a $60.4 billion disaster aid bill on Friday, but that vote will be largely meaningless if the House waits to act until after the new Congress is sworn in at noon on Thursday. At that point, work on Sandy disaster aid would begin again from scratch."
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