Speaker of the House John Boehner agrees to Superstorm Sandy aid vote on Friday
1:58 AM, Jan 3, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - Superstorm Sandy aid could be coming soon to affected states after House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) reversed himself and scheduled a pair of votes early in the new Congress.
Lawmakers from the affected states exploded in anger when a vote they say they were promised was scrapped after the House approved the fiscal cliff deal. Even some Republican lawmakers accused Boehner of a betrayal.
Under pressure, Boehner scheduled one vote for Friday, and another, on more aid for next week. Because the new Congress is doing the voting, the aid measures will go back to the Senate where they are expected to get approval.
Sandy killed at least 120 people. It was the most costly natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and one of the worst storms ever in the Northeast.