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Boehner Relents on Sandy Aid Bill

Congress expected to vote on first part of package Friday.

House Speaker John Boehner promised to hold votes on a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster relief package over the next two weeks, following his meeting with Rep. Peter King of New York on Wednesday.

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Congress is expected to vote Friday on $9.7 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program and the remaining $50.3 billion will go to the House floor for a vote on Jan. 15, where it will be split roughly into an $18-billion bill and a $33-billion amendment. If approved, the Senate must vote on all the pieces of the aid package, with a final vote expected the following week, according to Newsday.

Congress was expected to vote on the disaster relief package Wednesday, but Boehner, R-Ohio, pulled the bill — aimed at providing funding to storm-ravaged communities in New Jersey and New York, from Long Beach to the Hamptons — during a late night session of the “fiscal cliff” vote Tuesday. Since a new Congress will be sworn in Thursday, the relief package would have to return to the Senate, where a similar version of the bill was approved last Friday. The cancelled vote effectively delays certain funds that require authorization, such as FEMA disaster money.

King, R-Seaford, took to the House floor Tuesday and condemned Boehner’s decision to cancel the vote on the relief package as “absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible.” But after his meeting with the speaker in the Capital with other GOP lawmakers from New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, King provided an explanation for the cancelled vote. Said King: 

"The speaker had made the decision that with what was going on with the fiscal cliff it wasn't the right time to bring it up. We agreed to disagree. Obviously, we made our position clear last night … What's important as far as I'm concerned is, we got the absolute commitment to bring the whole $60 billion beginning on Friday and concluding on Jan. 15."

In a joint statement released Wednesday, Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said: "Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations.”

Eddie January 03, 2013 at 03:46 PM
So what about the $28 Billion in unrelated PORK that the Democrats sneaked into the bill? We'll be on the hook for that too?
Patrick Smith January 03, 2013 at 03:59 PM
eddie you want people back in there homes and families re united ,shut the f,,,, up
Tideline January 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Eddie, that inflated Bill had more Pork in it than a Democratic Pork Hogie.
tom cavanaugh January 03, 2013 at 06:06 PM
BOEHNER could hold a vote in the next two minutes----he is a day late and a dollar short---someone with no conscience- ---- -we always knew he had no heart and very very small cannolis--he is what you call a gutless punk---how does someone like him put his head on the pillow at night----.not the way to start the year off but enough is enough i am bent out of shape-------------tom cavanaugh---blue point
paul.d.spellman January 03, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Mr Smith, How exactly would passage of this bill assisted in getting "people back in there homes and families re united"?
Tonto Hertzberg January 03, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Anyone that voted for the GOP five days AFTER Sandy hit is an idiot beyond belief. Imagine walking thru all this s**t and debris to vote for people that hate you and left you with nothing. Idiots.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto January 03, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Agreed Tom. Could not believe that he left that vote on the table and walked out like a callous schmuck. Never mind what "pork" that bill was filled with . These people still need help.....NOW! They can't fix their homes because insurance companies are low balling their claims (which is a whole other story) Recovery is taking way too long. But they don't care. It has nothing to do with them personally. If a relative of one of them still had no heat, hot water OR home after 67 days, you know that bill would have been the first on the table. Sickening.
Nicholas Catalano January 03, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Can you explain why Boehner pulled the bill off of the table? No, you can't. God forbid you tell the whole story.
Nibor January 03, 2013 at 10:52 PM
If they would take all the pork out of bills we could have straight up and down votes. Unfortunately, NY's and NJ's aid is connected with a bunch of other BS from both sides of the aisle. Even more unfortunate is that Americans not only tolerate Congress' nonsense, but put them right back there every two years.
JOAN ENSULO January 04, 2013 at 01:13 AM
get with the program BOEHNER we desperately need help ASAP we re hurting very bably & for someone like me its extremely overwhelming PETER KING IS THE MAN he was here he saw for himself be A MAN almost like him HELP NOW i was happy when you became speaker & POLOSI got the BOOT so you better do YOUR JOB don t put us on the back burner PUT YOUR $ WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS GET US HELP NOW
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto January 04, 2013 at 02:19 AM
People need to stop re-electing these clowns. Clean house, maybe things will actually get done.
M. Perrotta January 04, 2013 at 03:45 PM
If they were all so outraged over Boehner's actions ,then why did he retain his position as speaker ?? Also why didn't Cuomo, Christie and King speak out before to ensure that this vote took place in a timely fashion, they all knew we have a do nothing congress
Zigsauered January 04, 2013 at 05:53 PM
We should not be force paying for others that choose to live in a high risk area! This is an entitlement that they can NO longer afford! Build inland...duh!!!!!!
tom cavanaugh January 04, 2013 at 07:58 PM
His own party voted him in ---enough said.---everybody but you M.perrotta knows the republican leadership in congress is morally bankrupt---HELLO!!!!---------to zigsauered-- since when is SANDY HOOK ahigh risk area people have lived in this area for well over 100 years and never had a problem----and by the way 98% of the great people in that area work their tail off to make a living----time to take a time out my friend---or is it DUH!!!!-------------------tom cavanaugh---blue point
Zigsauered January 04, 2013 at 09:14 PM
They had a little storm 2 years ago and it will happen again. I've worked my tail off too and knew 50 years ago that it was coming to a coast line any where e.g. tsunami, hurricane or typhoon, but didn't expect to pay for others behavior of living in these risky areas! Once the government forces hard working tax payers like me to pay for risky behavior then yes I am ready to move too. As I write this I too am looking for coastal property, but more of the sub tropical...duh. I wish I did it years ago! What a great entailment!
M. Perrotta January 04, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Tom Cavanaugh, I guess you didn't understand my comment,or don't understand sarcasm !
Tonto Hertzberg January 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Call Pete Kings office. Tell him that REGARDLESS of how he votes, you will hold the ENTIRE GOP NY delegation responsible if their redneck scumbag cohorts try to hold up the January 15th vote for the money to fix the boardwalk and the rest of NY & NJ. Tell him that if those pos hacks from the South want to stay in the majority in 2014 they had better cough up that dough. Dont sit back and take this nonsense from these rats. Tell King to tell his boss, that drunken nicotine faced pos Boner that we will put the ENTIRE NY & NJ GOP Congressional delegations out on the street, and thereby wreck their majority, if we dont get what we PAID for...........our insurance claim paid out fairly!

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