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Wisconsin U.S. House members vote along party lines for Sandy Aid bill


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - All five Wisconsin Republicans voted no, when the House approved over $50 billion in relief for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Paul Ryan, Jim Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Reid Ribble, and Sean Duffy joined 174 other GOP House members and one Democrat in voting no Tuesday night.

Conservatives tried but failed to offset part of the disaster aid with across the board cuts in other federal spending.

Critics said the cuts would put a crimp into the military and other domestic programs. Appropriations chairman Hal Rogers said there are times when a disaster, “simply goes beyond our ability to budget.” And he said Sandy was one of those times.

Wisconsin’s 3 Democrats all voted in favor of the package – Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, and Madison House freshman Mark Pocan. It was sent to the Senate on a vote of 241 to 180, after the House decided earlier to triple the original aid of $17 billion.

The revised package includes $16 billion to fix transit systems in New York and New Jersey – and a similar amount for housing and other needs in the Northeast.