WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. House has approved a bill that would include nearly $10 billion for flood insurance payouts to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The bill essentially gives the federal government borrowing authority for payouts to victims.
Two of Mississippi's Republican representatives, Alan Nunnelee, and Gregg Harper, voted "yes" on the matter. Rep. Steven Palazzo voted "no". The state's lone Democrat representative, Bennie Thompson, voted "yes".
The House speaker and others took a tongue lashing earlier this week from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for failing to act on a $60 billion bill that was ultimately canceled.
The Senate was expected to sign off on the bill soon and Congress is expected to take up a bill that would provide another $51 billion later this month.
Rep. Gregg Harper spoke with us from Washington right after the vote. He said the package that's coming may not pass his litmus test.
"So far it looks like it's pretty bloated," he said.
Harper said that the bill will likely have items attached to it that have nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy relief.