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House approves aid to rebuild churches devastated by Hurricane Sandy

Catholic World News - February 14, 2013

By a 354-72 vote, the House of Representatives has passed legislation permitting houses of worship devastated by Hurricane Sandy to receive aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The agency has historically been resistant to providing rebuilding funds to houses of worship.

“These houses of worship are conduits of healing and rebuilding in the community, while lacking the resources to address their own structural damage,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a cosponsor of the legislation.

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