One has to question the motives of the GOP for not voting on and passing the Sandy Reief Funds bill. It would be too much like say, DOING THEIR JOBS for the AMERICAN people. But like clockwork, Speaker Boehner’s letting the nutjobs in his party run the asylum.
USA TODAY: WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio indicated late Tuesday the 112th Congress would end its term without voting on federal emergency aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
“The speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month,” Boehner’s spokesman, Brendan Buck, said in an email.
Buck also emailed a news article reporting that Craig Fugate, head of the the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said his agency will not need additional money until spring.
FEMA money will not cover everything needed by states hit by Sandy. Other needs include claims filed under the National Flood Insurance Program, repairs to mass transit and Community Development Block grants needed to help localities rebuild.
Peter King: ”I think it’s unprecedented for the United States Congress to walk away from a natural disaster,” King said, adding that he was not given a reason for the postponement. “This to me is just walking away from responsibility.” Seriously?! King said this?
You’re damned skippy it’s INDEFENSIBLE.
Nancy Pelosi Demands House bring Sandy Relief legislation to the floor
TPM: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday released a joint statement in which they criticized the House of Representatives for adjourning on Tuesday night without voting on legislation to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is 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 bipartisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor. This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented. The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty. When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night.
Could it be that New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut are all Democratic strong hold states? Does the GOP expect a GOP Governor to scream out for mercy? *looking@uChrisChristie*
Hat tip SG2: Governor Christie Press Conference at 2PM EST/1PM CT.
Stay tuned for 3 Chics video post on conference.