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 GOP picks two women to lead committees GOP struggles to find women to lead House committees Overnight Defense: NY/NJ bombings renew terror debate | US probes Syrian air strike | Senators push measure on Saudi arms sale 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 FloresTexas lawmaker defends HGTV hosts House freshman wins RSC chair GOP opts for short-term spending bill 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 BlumenauerStage set for Lujan challenge atop Dems' campaign arm We don't know how much we spend on disasters, and that needs to change Blumenauer backs legal pot — but not for his grandchildren 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 Withdrawn.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 FlemingGOP seeks to make it 52 Louisiana Senate race heads to runoff Senate TV spending crosses 0M mark 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 BenishekRepublican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds Tea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire 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 BishopHouse GOP picks two women to lead committees Trump's Interior candidates would play Russian roulette with West Obama rescinds Arctic offshore drilling proposal 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.