House accepts $33.7B Sandy bill amendment

The House on Tuesday evening approved an amendment to a huge Hurricane Sandy relief bill that adds $33.7 billion to the bill, nearly tripling the size of the main bill.

Members approved the amendment from Rep. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney FrelinghuysenHouse passes 6B defense spending bill House panel advances 5B defense bill Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill MORE (R-N.J.) in a 228-192 vote. It was opposed by 190 Republicans, but 38 Republicans joined 190 Democrats in support and allowed it to pass.

That vote put the House on a path to passing a $50.7 billion disaster aid bill early Tuesday evening. Along the way, the House also rejected several other amendments that would have shaved millions of dollars off the cost of the bill.

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The House also voted on amendments from:

Rep. Bill FloresBill FloresTop conservative calls for 'less trash talk' from Trump GOP fears next Trump blowup The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Texas), striking $150 million for Regional Ocean Partnership grants. Passed, 221-197.

Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), clarifying that disaster money in the Frelinghuysen amendment is for states that were hit by Hurricane Sandy and suffered a fisheries disaster in 2012. Passed by voice vote.

Rep. Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.), cutting $13 million to accelerate the National Weather Service ground readiness project. Failed, 206-214.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), taking out $1 million for the Legal Services Corp., which gives legal services to lower-income people. Failed, 202-217.

Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDemocrats stage sit-in on House floor to push for gun vote Lawmakers push for more marijuana research House votes to condemn carbon tax MORE (D-Ore.), clarifying that funds in the bill do not make taxpayers 100 percent responsible for projects unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. Passed by voice vote.

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), increasing the Community Development Fund by $25 million. Withdrawn.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), to require FEMA to disclose all disaster relief grants, not just those above $1 million. Passed by voice vote.

Rep. John FlemingJohn FlemingHHS chief meets with House Republicans on abortion dispute Admin. rejects complaint that California broke abortion law The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-La.), to cut $9.8 million from the Fish & Wildlife Service for rebuilding seawalls on uninhabited islands off the shore of Connecticut. Passed, 216-205.

Rep. Dan BenishekDan BenishekTea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire The Republicans who voted to withdraw from ISIS war MORE (R-Mich.), restoring a requirement that local investment — not just federal money — is required in Historic Preservation Grants. Failed, 208-212.

Rep. Rob BishopRob BishopInterior ‘strongly opposes’ bill to disarm federal land law enforcement Overnight Energy: GOP chairman ramps up fight with states over Exxon Overnight Finance: Senate taking up Puerto Rico bill this month | Dems attack SEC chief | House votes to limit IRS donor data MORE (R-Utah), prohibiting the government from acquiring new federal land with the funds provided in the bill. Passed, 223-198.

Velázquez, increasing funding to the National Cemetery Administration by $1 million. Passed by voice vote.

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