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Sandy flood insurance bill signed by Obama

Vehicles in New York City are submerged under water in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

January 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
More than $9 billion will now be available to victims of Superstorm Sandy. President Barack Obama signed a Sandy aid package into law Sunday night.

The $9.7 billion bill includes funding to help the government pay flood insurance claims. The White House said more than 100,000 flood claim payments from Sandy would be delayed without the additional money.

It was the first legislative action of the new Congress after the previous session shelved a vote last week on a much larger assistance plan for storm victims.

Lawmakers will weigh in on an additional $51 billion in Sandy aid later this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.