The Senate passed its own supplemental bill at the very end of the last Congress, which cost $60.4 billion, but because the House did not take up that bill during the 112th Congress, the process starts all over for the new Senate.

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The House will vote to pass a $9 billion bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which hit Northeastern states in October. Another vote will be held on Jan. 15 that would spend another $51 billion, making it the same amount as the Senate passed version and what President Obama requested.

The $9 billion needs to be passed sooner than the rest because the National Flood Insurance Program will run out of money as early as Jan. 7.

The Senate recessed instead of adjourning because Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) does not want to end what would be considered the first legislative day of the new 113th Congress. He is working on a deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) to change the Senate rules, but if no deal is reached, Reid is allowed to pass rule changes on a simple-majority vote as long as it’s the first legislative day of a new Congress, rather than needing 67 votes to change the rules.