By Erik Wasson - 01/04/13 05:07 PM EST
The next bill to pay for Hurricane Sandy relief will consist of a $17 billion package and $33 billion amendment, Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said Friday.
Leaders plan to hold the vote on Jan. 15.
"It's the same bill and the same amendment with the flood insurance money taken out," Rogers said.
It is similar to one prepared for a vote at the end of the 112th Congress. That measure was $27 billion with a $33 billion amendment. On Friday, the House passed a $9.7 billion bill with funds for the National Flood Insurance Program, funding that was included in the $27 billion package.
Northeastern lawmakers, led by Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) are confident they can get enough Republicans to join a nearly unanimous Democratic caucus to enact the full amount of Sandy aid.