The Senate passed its own supplemental bill at the very end of the last Congress, which cost $60.4 billion, but because the House did not take up that bill during the 112th Congress, the process starts all over for the new Senate.

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The House will vote to pass a $9 billion bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which hit Northeastern states in October. Another vote will be held on Jan. 15 that would spend another $51 billion, making it the same amount as the Senate passed version and what President Obama requested.

The $9 billion needs to be passed sooner than the rest because the National Flood Insurance Program will run out of money as early as Jan. 7.

The Senate recessed instead of adjourning because Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report Emanuel flips the bird when asked about 2020 Feinstein after dinner with Clinton: She has 'accepted' her loss MORE (D-Nev.) does not want to end what would be considered the first legislative day of the new 113th Congress. He is working on a deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems call off presser, raising questions about deal House GOP made call on miners benefits Manchin urging colleagues to block funding bill as shutdown looms MORE (R-Ky.) to change the Senate rules, but if no deal is reached, Reid is allowed to pass rule changes on a simple-majority vote as long as it’s the first legislative day of a new Congress, rather than needing 67 votes to change the rules.