Boehner says House will vote on Sandy relief


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Updated: 1/02/2013 4:12 pm Published: 1/02/2013 2:46 pm


WASHINGTON (AP) - A New York lawmaker says House Speaker John Boehner has promised votes to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy by Jan. 15.

Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51 billion in the package. The votes will be taken by the new Congress that will be sworn in Thursday.

Boehner's decision to cancel an expected vote Tuesday night had outraged lawmakers from New York, New Jersey and elsewhere, including many in his own party.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed the pulled vote, saying "politics was placed before our oaths to serve our citizens, for me that was disappointing and disgusting to watch."

King said Boehner made the promise in a private meeting with lawmakers from affected states. King and others said they were now satisfied that the aid will be forthcoming.

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