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Sandy aid passes House with help of three Florida Republicans



The U.S. House tonight approved a $50.7 billion in emergency funding for Hurricane Sandy victims, sending the package to the Senate for likely passage. The vote, which attracted only 49 Republicans, came after a day of emotional debate over the scope of the aid.

Three Florida Republicans joined Democrats: Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Bill Young. All other Florida Republicans voted no, except Ander Crenshaw, who did not vote.

The issue is sensitive for members from Florida, which has seen its share of natural disasters. Most of the Republicans (with the exception of DeSantis and Yoho) previously voted for $9.7 billion in flood disaster money.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:21pm]


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