The aid approved today is in addition to the nearly $10 billion allocated earlier in the month, meaning that the total House package of $60 billion matches the previously approved Senate package.
So that's it. All that Republican drama, all the interest groups demanding Congress not allocate disaster relief, all the other groups demanding it not be done unless the budget is cut an equal amount first, and that one glorious day in which the ever-delaying John Boehner was the target of fuming soliloquies by Republicans such as New York Rep. Peter King and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—done.
Why that took two and a half months to accomplish, who knows. Apparently House Republicans just had a whole lot of not doing stuff to work out of their system. Note, however, that the result again runs afoul of the Hastert rule, the GOP leadership promise that no bill will be brought to the floor without the support of a majority of Republicans; we'll see if any fallout comes from that.