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Under fire from Republicans, Boehner agrees to a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, file photo, Robert Connolly, left, embraces his wife Laura as they survey the remains of the home owned by her parents that burned to the ground in the Breezy Point section of New York, during Superstorm Sandy. The current term of the U.S. Congress is set to end this week with no action on aid for the superstorm that left more than 100 dead and thousands homeless in three northeast states. Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey said in a joint statement Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 that the "continued inaction and indifference" by the House "'is inexcusable." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)The Associated Press

  • FILE - An Oct. 30, 2012, file photo shows an aerial view of burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York after a fire in the beachfront neighborhood as a result of superstorm Sandy. The current term of the U.S Congress is set to end this week with no action on aid for the superstorm that left more than 100 dead and thousands homeless in three northeast states and lawmakers and officials from the area are furious. New York lawmakers from both parties lashed out at the decision by House Republican leaders not to hold a vote on Sandy aid in the current Congress, calling it a "betrayal." (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)The Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2012, file photo, clean-up from superstorm Sandy continues on the site of a demolished home on the Rockaway peninsula in the Queens borough of New York. The current term of the U.S Congress is set to end this week with no action on aid for the superstorm that left more than 100 dead and thousands homeless in three northeast states and lawmakers and officials from the area are furious. New York lawmakers from both parties lashed out at the decision by House Republican leaders not to hold a vote on Sandy aid in the current Congress, calling it a "betrayal." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)The Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2012 file photo, Evangean Pugh, far right, talks on a phone as she waits on line to apply for recovery assistance from Superstorm Sandy at a FEMA processing center in Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The current term of the U.S Congress is set to end this week with no action on aid for the superstorm that left more than 100 dead and thousands homeless in three northeast states and lawmakers and officials from the area are furious. New York lawmakers from both parties lashed out at the decision by House Republican leaders not to hold a vote on Sandy aid in the current Congress, calling it a "betrayal." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)The Associated Press

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gestures as he talks about how the Congress failed to vote as expected on an aid package for damage from Superstorm Sandy during a news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo said he expects a vote soon. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)The Associated Press

The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill.

Facing intense pressure, Boehner agreed Wednesday to schedule a vote Friday on $9 billion for the national flood insurance program and another vote on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51 billion in the package.

A Republican congressman from New York, Peter King, left a Wednesday meeting with Boehner without the anger that led him to rip into the speaker Tuesday night. He called the latest meeting very positive.

Sandy was the most costly natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and one of the worst storms ever in the Northeast.