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January 02, 2013

Obama pushes Republicans to pass Sandy relief bill

President Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, urged House Republicans to pass a bill to send money to the Northeast to help recover from Superstorm Standy.

"The House of Representatives has refused to act, even as there are families and communities who still need our help to rebuild in the months and years ahead, and who also still need immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us," Obama said. "When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans."

The Senate passed a $60.4 billion bill Friday to help with recovery from the October storm that devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The House was considering a smaller but abandonned it on New Year's Day with little explanation, angering Republicans who took to the floor to complain.


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