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February 19, 2013 1:22 am

House Approves Federal Aid for Synagogues Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

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The waterfront in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn amid Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29. Photo: Lookcatalog/Wikimedia Commons.

New York Times – The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation that would allow the use of federal money to rebuild churches and synagogues damaged by Hurricane Sandy, despite concern that such aid could violate the doctrine of separation of church and state.

The bill, approved last week by a vote of 354 to 72, had support from Roman Catholic and Jewish organizations. It was opposed by 66 Democrats and 6 Republicans.

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