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Massive emergency spending bill hits Capitol Hill speed bump

The temporary delay by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) angered lawmakers from both parties representing New York and New Jersey where the storm struck in October.

A massive spending bill to deliver aid to communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy but weighed down with billions in pork spending hit a speed bump in the House Wednesday delaying its consideration until the next congressional session that begins Thursday.

The temporary delay by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) angered lawmakers from both parties representing New York and New Jersey where the storm struck in October.

A $60 billion bill passed the Senate Friday after numerous Republicans failed to get language passed to cut excessive spending. However, House appropriators managed to strip the funding bill to $27 billion, signaling the measure would not see passage before the session ends this week.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency still has $4.3 billion to pay for recovery efforts until Congress works out the final details, and Boehner said he is committed to bringing the bill up for a vote this month.

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