House Ends Session Before Voting on Sandy Aid Bill

Posted at 6:41 AM, Jan 02, 2013

WASHINGTON — Victims of superstorm Sandy hoping for a multi-billion dollar federal aid package will have to wait for the next session of Congress to learn the bill’s fate.

The House of Representatives ended this session before voting on the $60.4 billion legislation.

The Senate already passed the measure, but because new lawmakers will be sworn in during January, the entire legislative process will have to restart.

In addition, Republican leaders said that the deal on the fiscal cliff took so much time that none was left to discuss the aid bill.

The failure to vote in the Republican-controlled House caused an outcry from both Democrats and Republicans in New York and New Jersey, two states hit hardest by Sandy.