Saturday, 05 January 2013 17:47

Congress approves $9.7bn Sandy aid package

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"The US House of Representatives voted in favour of a $9bn package to fund insurance claims arising from hurricane Sandy on Friday, but only after a quarter of Republican congress members – including the former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan – voted against the legislation.

The bill, which provides extra finance for victims in New Jersey and New York, passed by 354 votes to 67 against. All the no votes came from Republicans. The Senate later passed the bill.

Friday's vote indicates that that there could be a fight looming when a larger package for $51bn of reconstruction aid comes before the House on 15 January. There is now a real prospect of an ugly debate over the details of that package."

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