Sandy Aid Vote Set In House

Source: CBS News

WASHINGTON – The first order of business for a new Congress on Friday was a scheduled vote on national flood insurance legislation to help victims of superstorm Sandy, a contentious issue for House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner, whose colleagues a day earlier only narrowly re-elected him to the job.

The 113th Congress welcomed dozens of new members Thursday to long-festering national problems, deficits and immigration among them, in an intensely partisan and crisis-driven era of divided government.

Boehner barely retained his powerful position as the new Congress opened for business, despite a mini-revolt in his own party over the “fiscal cliff” deal and the bruising fight over the legislation for victims of Superstorm Sandy, which battered New York and New Jersey communities in October.

Boehner kept his job in a government in which President Obama will soon be sworn in to a second term and his fellow Democrats control the Senate. Fourteen Republicans declined to vote for Boehner, a reflection of their unhappiness with his leadership, but several more defections would have been needed to deny him a first-ballot victory.

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