Supersstorm Sandy aid bill not on House schedule
By Gannett News Service
Published: Sunday, December 30, 2012, 9:26 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, December 30, 2012
WASHINGTON — As the House returned to work on Sunday afternoon, lawmakers had no plans to vote on a Senate-passed disaster relief bill for Superstorm Sandy victims.
The Senate voted 62-32 on Friday to approve $60.4 billion in aid.
Twelve Republicans voted for the measure.
The House has until Jan. 3, when the 113th Congress is sworn in, to act on the measure. Otherwise, work on it must begin anew.
“The best way to handle it is to just pass the Senate bill,” said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., whose oceanfront district sustained major damage from the Oct. 29 storm.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and other conservatives are calling for a much smaller bill to cover only the most urgent needs, putting off until 2013 legislation to address long-term needs such as protecting beaches and transportation networks from another storm.
“The problem is that later never comes,” Pallone said.
A Senate amendment from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., would have reduced the aid package to $24 billion.
- Navy dolphins find rare torpedo built in the late 1800s
- Kansas City museum plans to fly ‘Connie’
- Vegas investors to raise a glass to atomic history
- Ex-Philadelphia officer once hailed as hero faces charges
- Powerball officials: 80 percent of number combinations picked
- Michigan woman’s rape, cancer claims investigated as scams
- Marine Corps sergeant reunited with combat dog in surprise ceremony
- 1 SEAL dead, 7 injured in training crash at Kentucky fort
- Injunction halts Arkansas abortion ban
- Amid debris of tornado-ravaged Texas town, ‘miracle’ dog found
- IRS stoked Tea Party tempest
You must be signed in to add comments
To comment, click the Sign in or sign up at the very top of this page.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.