Sandy Aid: Senate Passes Partial Relief Bill

01/04/2013 02:25 pm ET

The Senate has passed a partial Sandy relief bill by unanimous agreement.

A $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Sandy sailed through the House earlier Friday, following outrage from Republicans when much larger relief bill failed to come up for a vote before the end of the 112th Congress.

Friday's 354-67 vote extends the borrowing authority of the National Flood Insurance Program, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned on Tuesday was set to run out of money next week without additional funds from Congress. If the mandatory insurance program went broke, payments on more than 115,000 claims from Sandy would be delayed, the agency said.

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