House approves $51 billion Sandy aid package 241-180!/lightxxx/status/291344119639465984

Despite majority of Republicans voting ‘no,’ House has approved $50 billion Sandy relief bill with no budget offsets. #fnr

— JaredHalpern (@JaredHalpern) January 16, 2013

House votes 241-180 to pass $51-billion Sandy disaster relief bill.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 16, 2013

Govs Christie/Cuomo/Malloy say they are “grateful” House passed #Sandy spending bill.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 16, 2013

NY, NJ senators praise #House passage of #Sandy supplemental, but note “weeks of delay”

— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) January 16, 2013

It’s not surprising that the House this evening passed the second part of its Superstorm Sandy relief package, after GOP representatives took a public relations beating for pulling a vote on aid amid fiscal cliff wrangling. NBC’s Chuck Todd credited New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s meltdown with pressuring Republicans to vote yes, despite the package’s lack of spending cuts to offset the cost.

Wow, 38 R yeas? @greggiroux: House OKs Frelinghuysen amendment for $33.7 billion piece of Sandy aid package, 228-192 (R 38-190, D 190-2)

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 16, 2013

@chucktodd @greggiroux The nation is bankrupt and we still want to spend money all over the place. Come on is this not sandy aid?

— Jacob Mathews (@jacobmathews) January 16, 2013

@chucktodd Surprised it’s that few or that many?This sure won’t help the GOP make headway on competing in NE. Confederate Party.

— scottkier (@scottkier) January 16, 2013

[email protected]chucktodd @greggiroux Its full of Pork for States like Alaska and NC who were not hit by Sandy at all. Its also borrowed Chinese Money!

— Jason Henke (L-CA) (@JasHen80) January 16, 2013

How powerful is the Chris Christie bully pulpit? So powerful that the House GOP leadership will allow a bill on floor that only has 38 Rs?

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 16, 2013

Only 49 GOP yays for #Sandy relief tells you a lot about budget talks to come- and lack of clout of northeast republicans in caucus

— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) January 16, 2013

In the final count, 49 Republicans voted for the relief package. Only one Democrat, Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, was among the 180 who voted no.

@repjimcooper really?You voted against Sandy relief? We don’t need Blue Dog Democrats. Most are gone now.

— DennisM (@newsagg) January 16, 2013

So you don’t want to help Northeasterners. That’s cool, @repjimcooper. But don’t worry. We’ll STILL help your region. As always. #SandyAid

— LaurieInQueens (@LaurieInQueens) January 16, 2013

Jim Cooper, the self proclaimed last moderate in congress, appeals yet again to the center and votes against Sandy aid #nolabels

— … (@Hoosier114) January 16, 2013

Many took note of House Speaker John Boehner’s breaking of the so-called Hastert Rule, which guides the Speaker to not bring a bill to a floor vote unless a majority of the majority party supports it.

Thanks to @speakerboehner for bypassing Hastert rule on #Sandy relief – compassion and common sense should win over hypocrisy & ideology.

— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) January 16, 2013

Wow. House passes Sandy relief in violation of now-dead Hastert Rule. Can Boehner keep speakership at this rate?

— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) January 16, 2013

Sandy relief becomes the second major bill in two weeks to pass the Republican-controlled House with a majority of Republicans opposed.

— Chris Bowers (@ThisBowers) January 16, 2013

#SandyBill For all the anger of 2 weeks ago sandy bill passage tonight is subdued.Not much celebrating over bill passing 241 to 180

— Dave Evans (@daveevansabc7) January 16, 2013

Congrats to @speakerboehner on his new job as the Democrats new House majority leader. #Sandy #Pork

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) January 16, 2013

Good thing we’re cutting back on spending: NJ Rep gets House to only triple the original $17Billion Sandy aid package. #tcot #JustPrintMore

— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) January 16, 2013

So glad we rushed that Sandy bill through this evening. FEMA already had money to run through March. Sigh.…

— LilMissTeamOffense (@LilMissRightie) January 16, 2013

“The House approved $50.5 billion for northeastern states to rebuild after superstorm Sandy.(Includes vacation homes and lots of other pork)

— gabby cabby (@peterefranklin) January 16, 2013

Gov. Christie, who had asked for a “clean” aid bill following his initial tirade against House Republicans, praised Congress for pulling together.

[email protected]nygovcuomo, @govmalloyoffice & I released following statement regarding passage of disaster relief package by House of Representatives:

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 16, 2013

…to assist millions of their fellow Americans in NJ, NY and CT at their greatest time of need. (CON’T)

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 16, 2013

The tradition of Congress being there & providing support for Americans during times of crisis… (CON’T)

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 16, 2013

…no matter where they live across this great country, lives on in today’s vote in the House of Representatives. (CON’T)

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 16, 2013

We anticipate smooth passage when this package moves back to the Senate for final approval… (CON’T)

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 16, 2013

…and for this long-awaited relief to finally make its way to our residents.”(END)

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 16, 2013

We were hoping a professional comedian would weigh in to put things in perspective, but all we could find was Richard Lewis.

The House thankfully ate a little “pork” as some critics complained before the vote to help Sandy Victims. Hot Dog!

— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) January 16, 2013

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