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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid told the Senate floor on Friday that Hurricane Katrina was 'nothing in comparison' to Hurricane Sandy.

'The people of New Orleans in that area, they were hurt,' said Reid, the Democratic majority leader. 'But nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New England.'

Reid said that the federal government was at the Gulf Coast 'within days' of Katrina, but suggested it's been two months since the people of New York received help.

Sandy was the most costly natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The death total for Hurricane Katrina exceeded 1,800 fatalities and had over $80 billion in damages.

The House voted Friday to approve a $9.7 billion flood insurance bill, the first part of a Sandy recovery package that could hit $60 billion.

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