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 FrelinghuysenCoal’s clout in Congress to take a hit House passes 6B defense spending bill House panel advances 5B defense 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 FloresFreedom Caucus members consider leaving the RSC Moulitsas: Stuck with Trump Top conservative calls for 'less trash talk' from Trump 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 BlumenauerDEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion Policymakers take important step toward better end-of-life care 19 House Democrats' sites hacked at close of gun sit-in 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 Withdrawn.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 FlemingHouse GOP braces for spending, IRS fights Freedom Caucus committed to impeaching IRS chief despite Huelskamp loss IRS chief blasts impeachment push in Chaffetz's home state 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 BishopCentennial of the National Park Service: Looking forward Obama creates new national monument in Maine GOP blasts EPA on mine spill anniversary 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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