Obama signs Sandy insurance claims bill

Obama signs Sandy insurance claims bill

WASHINGTON - The Associated Press
Obama signs Sandy insurance claims bill

Fishing boats lie smashed against one another months after Sandy, ‘the superstorm,’ at the Belford fishing port in Middletown, New Jersey. AP photo

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy that devastated northeastern states last October.

The law increases the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA had warned that it was set to run out of money without additional dollars from Congress. The White House said more than 100,000 flood claim payments from Sandy would be delayed without the additional money.

Larger act in pipeline

The House has yet to act on a larger, more comprehensive Sandy aid package. Republican leaders did not bring the bill to the floor before the last session of Congress adjourned.

House Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote Jan. 15 on that $51 billion package, and Senate leaders have promised a vote the following week.