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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Republicans Slam Boehner For Postponing Sandy Aid Vote

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves a closed door meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 1, 2013.  (AP /J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves a closed door meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP /J. Scott Applewhite)

New York lawmakers are branding the decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote on Hurricane Sandy aid in the current Congress a “betrayal.”

Reps. Michael Grimm, a Republican, and Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, said on the House floor Wednesday that while they did not agree on much, House Speaker John Boehner’s decision would be a crushing blow to states battered by the late October storm.

The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the storm that devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and nearby states. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress’ term ends Thursday at noon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • BHA_in_Vermont

    “Party loyalty”  IS the problem with Congress. Who cares what is best for the country, as long as you vote with your party even when:
    1) you don’t agree
    2) it is not good for your constituents (who voted you into office to represent THEM)
    3) it is not good for the majority of people in the country 

  • Whatnow

    Where the Obama has the option they should start telling areas of the country represented by the House Republicans that vote against any spending that projects in their districts will not be funded. They should also say that is why the funding was denied.  They should cut off as much Federal spending in RED States as possible. 

    • It

      So since you want them to cut federal spending in the red states are you ok if they cut federal taxing and regulation also? I think most of those states would take that.

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