WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy aid could be coming soon to affected states after House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) reversed himself and scheduled a pair of votes early in the new Congress.
Lawmakers from the affected states exploded in anger when a vote they say they were promised was scrapped after the House approved the fiscal cliff deal. Even some Republican lawmakers accused Boehner of a betrayal.
Under pressure, Boehner scheduled one vote for Friday, and another, on more aid for next week. Because the new Congress is doing the voting, the aid measures will go back to the Senate where they are expected to get approval.
Sandy killed at least 120 people. It was the most costly natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and one of the worst storms ever in the Northeast.
162-w-34-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y.)--The Congress that begins work tomorrow will vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (2 Jan 2013)
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165-a-05-(Congressman Chris Smith, R-N.J., at news conference)-"part of the country"-Congressman Chris Smith says the aid is desperately needed to help people recover. (2 Jan 2013)
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164-a-07-(Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y., at news conference)-"Jersey and Connecticut"-Congressman Peter King says the two votes will cover the full aid package that's been discussed. (2 Jan 2013)
<<CUT *164 (01/02/13)>> 00:07 "Jersey and Connecticut"
163-a-17-(Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y., at news conference)-"be voted on"-Congressman Peter King says two packages of storm aid will be voted on in the next two weeks. (2 Jan 2013)
<<CUT *163 (01/02/13)>> 00:17 "be voted on"