The House Republican leadership's decision to let the current Congress wrap up without holding a vote on billions in aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy was met with a storm of angry reactions from lawmakers in both parties.
"We cannot leave here doing nothing," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who took to the floor of the House Wednesday night urging that a vote be held. "That would be a disgrace."
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said the choice to abandon the vote was "absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible. We cannot just walk away from our responsibilities."
The debate over Sandy relief in Congress has been contentious with some lawmakers opposing the bill because they felt there was too much funding that was not for emergency needs.The Senate approved a $60.4 billion recovery package Friday. The House was expected to vote on a $27 billion Appropriations Committee relief measure along with an amendment seeking an additional $33 billion, the Associated Press reported.
With the House punting the bill, victims of Hurricane Sandy that devastated parts of the Northeast in October will have to wait for aid until the next Congress is sworn in Thursday and works out the issue all over again. But House Speaker John Boehner is "committed to getting this bill passed this month" his spokesman Michael Steel said.
Via Associated Press