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Stormy issue of Sandy aid settles down in House

Stormy issue of Sandy aid settles down in House

CREATED Jan 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The political tempest stirred up by Superstorm Sandy appears to have moved on after wreaking havoc among House Republicans divided over how much aid to allocate to the victims of the storm.

In a 241-180 vote Tuesday night, the House approved $50.5 billion in disaster relief for Sandy victims.

The Senate is expected to accept the measure early next week and send it to President Barack Obama despite some Democratic concerns that it doesn't do enough.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says that while the House bill isn't quite as good as the Senate bill, it's close enough.

House Democrats supported the aid package in large numbers, but substantial Republican backing was needed for its passage in the GOP-controlled House.