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Irene relief for Vt. put on hold

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Tropical Storm Irene relief for Vermont was put on hold when the U.S. House left Washington Tuesday night without voting on a Superstorm Sandy bill.

There was anger Wednesday in Washington and states hammered by Sandy over the skipped vote. And facing mounting criticism, House Speaker John Boehner promised the new House will vote by Jan. 15. The Senate already approved a $60 billion package for states hammered by Sandy.

Sen. Patrick Leahy's office says it contains two provisions to help Vermont. One would help pay for a new state hospital. The other will help rebuild bridges and culverts to withstand future storms, rather than just replace what was damaged.

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