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House Fails to Vote on Sandy Relief

A West End Street the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed Long Beach in October.  (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
A West End Street the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed Long Beach in October. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
UPDATE:

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has promised to hold a vote on the disaster relief bill by Jan. 15, according to Rep. Peter King.

Original story...

The House of Representatives will not vote on a $60.4 billion disaster relief bill that the Senate approved last Friday to aid Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey and New York, including Long Island from Long Beach to the Hamptons, House officials said Tuesday.  

WATCH: Outrage in Congress After Sandy Aid Stalls

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pulled the bill back from a vote that was expected Wednesday after a late night session in Congress on New Year’s Day. Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, the congressman who is primarily pushing for the emergency aid package, said failure to hold the vote means certain funds that require authorization – including FEMA disaster monies – will be delayed, possibly by another five to six weeks, according to Newsday. Said King:

"Tonight's action not to hold this vote on the supplemental is absolutely indefensible. The bill was ready to go."

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-Mineola, Tweeted Tuesday night, "Washington at its worst: House R majority saying "drop dead" to Sandy victims by keeping aid bill from getting vote." Additionally, she encouraged her Twitter followers to "Call House Speaker John Boehner's office at 202-225-0600 to help demand a vote on the Sandy aid bill."

Meanwhile, Boehner spokesman, Michael Steel, said the speaker is “committed to getting the bill passed this month,” according to the Associated Press.

In a joint statement released by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the pair called the inaction 'inexcusable.'

"It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bi-partisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor," they said.

The Senate last week passed the emergency aid package by a vote of 63-32.

This story was last updated at 7:07 p.m. on Jan. 2.

Jaime Sumersille contributed to this article.


SLJ January 03, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Artie--here's some of it: For an additional amount for ‘‘Operation and Mainte7 nance’’, $821,000,000, to remain available until expended 8 to dredge Federal navigation channels and repair damage 9 to Corps projects nationwide related to natural disasters: Well here's some of it...I really don't feel like reviewing all 100 pages, but maybe I shall. Enclosing 821 Million for future problems not related to Sandy seems to be pork to me.
SLJ January 03, 2013 at 07:43 PM
PROCUREMENT 17 PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, ARMY 18 For an additional amount for ‘‘Procurement of Am19 munition, Army’’, $1,310,000, to remain available until 20 September 30, 2015, for necessary expenses related to the 21 consequences of Hurricane Sandy: We needed to budget over a million dollars of AMMUNITION for Hurricane Sandy??? And why might that be?
Chris Wendt January 03, 2013 at 08:04 PM
@ Tony re: "...what 'behavior' are you talking about in reference to the Tea Party? Do you mean their fiscal conservatism? Their refusal to be paid off for compromising their ideals?" I see no such thing as true "conservatism" on the part of the Tea Party. Financial calcification, okay. But rigid obstinance, failure to recognize one's duty to govern, failure to compromise under any condition and regardless of the consequences...those are certainly not conservative governmental behaviors. Those are immature, intemperate, unrealistic behaviors bordering on economic fascism.
Vincent January 04, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Artie Barnett and SLJ: The pork is in the 'fiscal cliff' vote also. Seattle Times, Friday. Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes, including film producers, race track owners and the makers of electric motorcycles. In all, more than 50 temporary tax breaks were renewed through 2013, saving businesses and individuals about $76 billion. Congress routinely renews the tax package, attracting intense lobbying - and campaign donations - from businesses and trade groups that say the tax breaks help them prosper and create jobs.
Patrick Smith January 07, 2013 at 09:55 PM
whats our choices to vote for , coke pepsi ,mc donald burger king , 7 / 11 dun con donuts all the same ,i,m a political atheist

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