Monday Set for Sandy Aid Vote

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: A worker with the Parks Department hauls sand from a playground damaged during Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways on January 15, 2013 in the queens borough of New York City. A $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package is expected to be voted on today in the House. The package, which has come under criticism by some fiscal conservatives, is being heavily pushed by Northeastern lawmakers. The money would be spent on immediate needs to the region including $5.4 billion for New York and New Jersey transit systems and $5.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief aid fund.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Damage repair in the Rockaways on Jan. 15. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

    Maybe they were shamed into doing it by Jon Stewart? The Senate has scheduled a vote for Monday to allocate the rest of an aid package for the victims of superstorm Sandy. The $50 billion–plus package passed the House of Representatives last week, but has been held up in the Senate by Republican lawmakers, who have claimed it has too many unrelated amendments, or pork. The House speaker pulled a vote on the aid package during the last session of the 112th Congress, drawing heavy criticism from GOP darling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as well as many irate New York and New Jersey residents. After the uproar, Congress passed a $9 billion flood-insurance bill and pledged to soon pass the rest of the aid package.

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