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Obama, NY and NJ lawmakers press for Sandy aid



Published: Wed, January 2, 2013 @ 3:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats from New York and New Jersey today lashed out at House Speaker John Boehner for pulling legislation on Hurricane Sandy aid, demanding that he reverse course and allow a vote as their constituents continue to struggle with the aftermath of the devastating storm.

President Barack Obama called for an immediate House vote, and governors of the two states called House inaction a "dereliction of duty."

The House adjourned for the day, set to return on Thursday at 11 a.m. for an hour before the new Congress begins at noon.

Just hours after he put off a vote, Boehner was scheduled to meet privately with Republican lawmakers from the two states. The speaker was caught between conservative lawmakers who want to offset any increase in spending and Northeast and Mid-Atlantic lawmakers determined to help their states recover more than two months after the storm hit.

The criticism of Boehner on the House floor was personal at times, and reflected in part the frustration among rank-and-file over the decision to press ahead with a vote on the fiscal cliff deal engineered by the White House and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Boehner had been struggling with conservatives who complained that the economic package didn't include enough spending cuts.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, said he was frustrated after Boehner pulled the bill Tuesday night and tried to call him four times, but none of the calls were returned. Christie termed it "absolutely disgraceful" and complained about the "toxic internal politics" of the House majority.

"There is no reason for me at the moment to believe anything they tell me," Christie said.


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1cambridge(2996 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

It's all those red states that get as much as $2.00 in federal funding for every $1.00 they pay in federal income tax that are against helping the states devastated by Sandy. teabagger/republicans are a bunch of heartless pricks and the country would be better off if they were all voted out.

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2Attis(873 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Sending that desperately needed $60 billion aid package to victims of the Sandy Superstorm should have been a no-brainer; it would have happened if there were no-Boehner.

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3Ytownnative(1025 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Did anyone look at the riders on the bill?
150 million for Alaska fisheries.
•$58.8 million for forest restoration on private land
•$10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.

We are broke as a country and they double the "relief" bill with all this pork.

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4mrblue(975 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I have said it before that we have a bunch of idiots in D.C. I can't believe that our country keeps re-electing these do-nothings. Part of our country needs disaster relief, and these clowns go on vacation.

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5Klink(36 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Face facts, New York And New Jersey voteted for Obama. There is no way a Republican house is voting for them. No matter how right it is, the republicans will not vote for it. They don't care what is right, they only wan' t to pander to the right ring nuts. It's better to pander rather than to care about what is the right thing to do when you are a republican.

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6Ytownnative(1025 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Sure lets face facts.
you would agree with a bill that would send half or the money to things that have nothing to do with the intention of the bill. When the country is BROKE and getting broker by the second

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7jmh0724(2 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Ytownnative, you are correct, why cant they just send a bill with the money for the bill. Why do they always need to attach other garbage to it. I am sure it would be passed then

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