Congress approves $9.7 billion in Sandy flood aid

The bill provides relief for homeowners and businesses who filed flood insurance claims.

The bill provides relief for homeowners and businesses who filed flood insurance claims. (1/4/13)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress passed a $9.7 billion bill today to help pay home and business owners impacted by Sandy.

The plan will put the $9.7 billion into the National Flood Insurance Program, which was due to run out of money next week.

Another vote on the remaining $51 billion in Sandy aid is expected on Jan. 15.

Earlier in the week, House Speaker John Boehner was widely criticized for canceling a vote on that measure.

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