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179 Republicans vote to kill Sandy relief; 192 Dems and 49 Republicans pass it

For hours Tuesday night House Republicans tried every trick in the book to either kill or severely cut the bill to funding for super storm Sandy victims. At the end of the night 192 Democrats were joined by just 49 Republicans to pass the $50 billion dollar aid bill—two months after the storm. Gridlock was broken in the Congress for one brief shining moment. Speaker Boehner took the Sandy relief bill off the table on New Year’s Eve because he was afraid it would not pass. Had Boehner stuck to the Hastert Rule and not allowed a vote unless a majority of Republicans were in favor, there would be no Sandy relief, or at least, much less than needed. Boehner…