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 panel advances 5B defense bill Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill House committee unveils 5 billion defense appropriations 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.
Rep. Bill FloresBill FloresRyan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal Overnight Finance: GOP's budget 'SWAT' team | What to watch at IRS impeachment hearing | Sanders bucks Dem leaders on Puerto Rico bill House GOP budget 'SWAT' team is formed 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 BlumenauerOvernight Finance: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika House votes to let VA doctors recommend medical marijuana Pot advocates storm Capitol Hill 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 Withdrawn.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 FlemingPath clears for passage of Puerto Rico bill Overnight Healthcare: House GOP gets a victory in ObamaCare lawsuit GOP closing in on ObamaCare alternative, lawmakers say 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 BishopMenendez opposing Puerto Rico debt bill Ryan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal Overnight Finance: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika 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.