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House approves $9.7 billion Sandy relief package; 67 Republicans against

Updated 2:30 pm ET: The House approved $9.7 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief funding Friday, the initial tranche of what’s expected to be an approximately $60.4 billion package.

The vote was an overwhelming 354-67. The bill needed 281 votes, or a two-thirds majority to pass.

All 192 Democrats that voted supported the measure, but 67 conservative Republicans voted against it.

The activist conservative organization The Club for Growth, for one, urged members to vote no Friday morning.

“Congress should not allow the federal government to be involved in the flood insurance industry in the first place, let alone expand the national flood insurance program's authority,” the club said in a statement.

The final vote breakdown was Democrats 192-0, Republicans 162-67.

The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent only a short time later. The bill will be sent to President Obama as soon as possible to sign into law.