U.S. Rep. Jim Himes tells us it looks good for eventual passage of approximately $51 billion in additional federal aid for states hit hard by Storm Sandy. Action has been delayed since House Speaker John Boehner put off a vote, outraging Democrats and Republicans from the Northeast.
House members are now expected to vote today on $17 billion in immediate assistance with a vote on another $33 billion later this week. Earlier this month the House approved $9.7 billion in funding for federal flood insurance.
“It looks good,” Himes said. “The Republicans have divided the bill into two piece … They’ve stripped out some of the controversial stuff, like the money for fisheries. It is looking pretty good.”
The 1st District’s John Larson also released a statement praising the deal that will assure passage of the Sandy Money. In a statement e-mailed by his office, Larson said:
These reforms build on what we have learned from the widespread devastation caused by past storms, and will improve the recovery process to ensure disaster funding is provided for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in a timely and effective manner. I applaud Representatives Denham, Shuster, Holmes Norton, and Rahall for their efforts and hope that tonight’s bipartisan spirit will carry into tomorrow’s vote on much needed Hurricane Sandy Relief funding.