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House passes $17 billion in Sandy aid, conservative amendment fails

The House has agreed to a bill that includes $17 billion intended to cover immediate relief needs for victims of Hurricane Sandy, including $5.4 billion for the FEMA fund that funnels aid directly to individuals and local communities to rebuild. The measure passed on a 327 to 91 vote. Later, the House will take action on an amendment that would provide $33.6 billion in additional money to cover a longer-term effort to rebuild devastated communities in New York and New Jersey.