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President Obama signs Sandy aid bill

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President Barack Obama has signed off on a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy. 

The law increases the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

FEMA was in danger of running out of money without additional dollars from Congress. More than 100,000 flood claim payments from Sandy would be delayed without the additional money. 

The House has vote on the larger Sandy aid package as 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 January 15 on the $51 billion package, and Senate leaders have promised a vote the following week.

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