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Sandy Relief Debate Resumes On Capitol Hill

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A big debate is set to begin this week in the nation's capital as the House of Representatives takes up the rest of the Sandy aid package.

Federal lawmakers began debate Monday on a $51 billion aid package that is part of the $60 billion requested by President Barack Obama.

A vote is expected on Tuesday.

Congress has already approved a $9 billion package earlier this month to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program.

The larger relief package is also being split into two.

The House will vote first on a $17 billion, bare-bones package, followed by a $33.7 billion amendment written by lawmakers from New Jersey and New York.

Meantime, city lawmakers are set to begin an examination of the city's planning and response to Hurricane Sandy.

City emergency managers and health and fire officials have been invited to testify at a City Council hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Elected officials want to find out how the city's evacuation plan, emergency response efforts, and disaster planning fared during the storm.

It is the first of several meetings set for this month and next.

Other topics will include utilities and public housing.

The council is weighing proposals including the possibility of burying more power lines and requiring boilers to be set higher off the ground in flood-prone buildings.

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