After receiving criticism for his decision to pull a Hurricane Sandy relief package from the floor Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner has announced two Sandy aid measures he will bring to a vote when the new Congress convenes. Combined, these measures total the $60.4 billion in the original bill, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support but dies there because the House did not vote on it.
“Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress,” Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a joint statement released Wednesday.
The first vote, on $9 billion in increased funding for the National Flood Insurance Program, is scheduled for Friday. On January 15th House members will vote on the remaining $51 billion included in the initial measure.