The 113th Congress is in session and the new class of the House of Representatives takes on the Hurricane Sandy relief package passed by the 112th Senate. Taking up the bill comes after scathing comments by Republican Chris Christie of NJ and Republican Representative Peter King of NY.
Re-elected Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) had previously announced that the relief package would not come to the floor of the House for several weeks. Perhaps, realizing that he was further alienating some in the GOP, Boehner made an about face, agreeing to bring up at least $9 Billion in FEMA help to the floor today, Friday, January 4, 2013. The flood insurance program is being allowed to borrow a little over $9 Billion to begin reconstruction of areas flooded by the storm.
The bill passed the House but not without dissent. In fact, some of the GOP rose to bluster about the budget and cutting spending. Unfortunately, some put party passions before the welfare of the victims of Hurricane Sandy.