Obama signs Sandy flood claims bill

2013-01-06 22:24
Barack Obama (Picture: AFP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7bn bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy, that devastated northeastern states last October.

The law increases the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA had warned that it was set to run out of money without additional dollars from Congress.

The White House said more than 100 000 flood claim payments from Sandy would be delayed without the additional money.

The House has yet to act on a larger, more comprehensive Sandy aid package. Republican leaders did not bring the bill to the floor before the last session of Congress adjourned.

House Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote on 15 January on that $51bn package and Senate leaders have promised a vote the following week.

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