(Spencer Platt/Getty)The House, in approving a Hurricane Sandy relief package Tuesday, defeated a proposal to offset some of the cost by imposing across-the-board cuts in many federal programs.An amendment that would have ordered a 1.63 percent cut over the remainder of the current fiscal year was defeated on a 258-162 vote. Sponsors said the cost of the relief package should not be added to the federal deficit, but opponents cited the tradition of not offsetting spending arising out of emergencies.
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