Washington meetings leave Cuomo encouraged on storm aid
Cuomo and Obama at an event in May.
December 3rd, 2012
07:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Washington meetings leave Cuomo encouraged on storm aid

Washington (CNN) - Monday's meetings in Washington left Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York "optimistic" that lawmakers, currently sharply divided over a deal to avert massive spending cuts and tax hikes, will come together to approve billions to aid the recovery from Sandy, the superstorm which hit over a month ago.

Standing with members of his delegation after meeting with leaders on Capitol Hill and at the White House, Cuomo said House Speaker John Boehner "wants to be supportive" and said their discussion did not delve into some details, such as whether Republicans would require an emergency appropriations measure to include spending offsets from other pockets in the budget.

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Cuomo, a Democrat, said Boehner expects a measure to be moving through Washington "by the end of the year, possibly by Christmas. And beyond that we didn't get into any specifics."

"I heard the speaker to say that he is waiting for the White House to send over a proposal, a piece of legislation," he said. "They will then obviously do what they have to do on the House side and work with the Appropriations Committee."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will visit Washington on Thursday, Cuomo said. The two have professed a united front in dealing with the aftermath of the storm, which left damage estimated in billions. Both Cuomo and Christie are speculated to be potential 2016 presidential contenders.

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said Boehner "wants to move it as quickly as possible" and "make it work."

Cuomo earned high praise for his handling of the storm: a poll released Monday showed 67% of voters in New York rated his work as "excellent or good." Christie's approval rating has similarly seen a post-storm boost.

Among those he met with at the White House was Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Why

    The republican sare protecting themselves–Why not get into how much they earn and thier benefits lets cut that from the spending account–how about cut out the payments to one term congresspersons–that would go along way toward ending overspending, limit their expense account to foodstamp amounts– WOW–I just cut 1.6 trillion from the budget over the next ten years-

    December 3, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The House is willing to provide the help, if the administration can make any sensible proposal.

    December 3, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Aziz

    Good governing unlike those GOP congress

    December 3, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    He is a nice guy.

    December 3, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. geggyg

    Christie has already asked for $37 billion in fed money to help rebuild NJ, so much for a small federal govt spending guy , and a states rights guy as well . I hope the state gets the money with out congressional repubs demanding even more cuts to medicare /welfare programs

    December 3, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |