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$17B in Sandy aid OK'd, more may be on way

A destroyed home along the beach in Belle

A destroyed home along the beach in Belle Harbor in the Rockaways on Jan. 2, 2013. (Getty) Credit: A destroyed home along the beach in Belle Harbor in the Rockaways on Jan. 2, 2013. (Getty)

The House of Representatives approved on Tuesday a long-delayed $50.4 billion dollar disaster relief funding package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

In separate votes, the House approved $17 billion in immediate disaster funds targeted largely for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as $33.5 billion in funds for longer-term reconstruction projects. House Republicans, however, managed to cut some specific spending from the bill through amendments.

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