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House Approves $9.7 Billion in Sandy Aid

Less than 72 hours after failing to vote on a $60.4 billion Sandy aid bill, the House has approved a "scaled back" version of the bill, to the tune of $9.7 billion.

The bill allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay out insurance claims to those who held federal flood insurance.

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According to the Associated Press:

       Friday's 354-67 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which expects to pass the bill later in the day. All of the no votes were cast by Republicans.

Long Beach residents sounded off earlier this week, blaming both sides of the political spectrum after the initial bill was ignored by the House, despite approval from the Senate.

CNN has reported that the remaining $50-plus billion will be discussed on Jan. 15.

Story by Matthew Hogan