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Old 01-17-2013, 05:25 PM   Topic Starter
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$50 billion for Sandy relief approved by the House.

Though 80% (!) of the House GOP opposed it.

Once again, just like the fiscal cliff deal, moderate GOP had to side with the House DNP:

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Sandy relief passes the House -- with just a minority of the majority: Last night, the House passed legislation providing an additional $50 billion for Hurricane Sandy relief by a 241-180 vote, according to NBC’s Frank Thorp. But the real story is the vote breakdown: Only 49 Republicans voted for the measure -- so just 20% of the caucus -- while a whopping 179 Republicans voted against the measure. By comparison, 192 Democrats voted for the legislation, and just one (Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper) voted against. So for the second time in the last two weeks, we’ve seen the House pass legislation that isn’t supported by a “majority of the majority.” And what we’ve learned is that House Speaker John Boehner is willing to bring such legislation to the floor if 1) Senate Republicans are nearly unanimous in favor of it, and 2) if a Republican like Chris Christie has access to the New York-area megaphone.
Could be a good thing.

This could conceivably be a way forward for immigration reform, gun control, or (god forbid) climate change.

Boehner's office is reportedly arguing this is not going to be a regular thing, but this could be a make-shirt majority that comes up with some pretty centrist policy.
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