Update at 2:17 p.m. ET. Passage In The Senate:

The Senate just passed, by unanimous agreement, a bill that injects more than $9 billion into the insurance program that will assist those hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last October.

President Obama had urged passage and is expected to quickly sign the bill.

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By an overwhelming, bipartisan majority, the House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that puts more than $9 billion in the pipeline to pay flood insurance claims filed by those who were in the path of Superstorm Sandy when it swept over New Jersey, New York and surrounding states in late October.

(11:26 a.m. ET: The vote was 354-67, the House clerk just announced.)

The legislation goes to the Senate, which is expected to give its OK later in the day.

The House vote followed three days of bipartisan outrage and complaints about the decision by Republican leaders not to hold a vote on a larger, $60 billion, package of aid before the 112th Congress finished its business earlier this week. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said that inaction was one more reason "why the American people hate Congress."

After the uproar over the non-vote, Speaker John Boehner said the House would take up the aid in two pieces — the $9.7 billion tranche passed today and a $51 billion chunk to be voted on by Jan. 15.

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