Breaking: House to vote on Sandy aid, King says
January 2nd, 2013
03:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Breaking: House to vote on Sandy aid, King says

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote Friday on $9 billion in disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy and then another vote on $51 billion in aid on January 15.

King and other lawmakers have been highly critical of House leadership, especially House Speaker John Boehner, for not allowing a vote on the federal package before the current Congress wraps up Thursday.

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  1. Erin

    Well, der, they didn't vote on it because it wasn't in the best interests of the 1%.

    January 2, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Name emily

    Too little too late. why is this one man allowed to rule Congress like a dictatorship?

    January 2, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. McBob

    This is great news! And the amount we'll spend on aide for Sandy will be covered by the recent tax increases. We will borrow more for any additional spending and won't pay down a dime of debt, but we can cover the expenses currently requested for Sandy.

    January 2, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. TheJurie

    Everyone here talking about giving 60 billion in relief, I have one question? Where will the money come from. Nobody wants taxes to go up but everyone wants the government to keep writing checks that nobody wants to pay for. Oh that's right just make the wealthy pay for everything. It is easy to give away money when you do not have to pay any out of your own pocket.

    January 2, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. ateve

    Bet CNN won't tell the truth..... tell them everytime the subject is aired....tell them the truth..... hey NJ NY residents how is this going to help you??

    The Senate-passed bill includes:

    • $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.

    • $33.2 million for eight projects in Nevada – the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, including: $25 million for rural Nevada; $1.5 million for Truckee Meadows; and $725,000 for Tahoe Regional Planning.

    • $16.8 million for seven projects in West Virginia, including: $2.5 million for the Greenbrier River Basin; $325,000 for the Parkersburg and Vienna Riverfront Park; and $150,000 for Island Creek at Logan

    • $12.9 million for 11 projects in the state of Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), including: $5 million for central New Mexico; $250,000 for Santa Fe; and $180,000 for the Southwest Valley, Albuquerque.

    January 2, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    ... All of you johnny come lately racist ex democrats and tea baggers who have polluted our Republican Party will soon be out. Please get out of the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Go back to the Democrats. They deseve you.. we don't.
    Lord Jeezus, you just CAN'T make this stuff up!

    January 2, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Shirely U. Jest

    King is a forked tongued yellow bellied lizard. Every time a hurricane has decimated Southern States he has cried fowl over every Federal relief dollar towards these catastrophes. He has loudly and adamantly stated that the states should be solely responsible for their disaster relief.

    And now he comes crying because he wants billions in federal aid to rebuild island communities that should have never been created in areas that are significantly more susceptible to weather disasters than ever before. Read the history of the last 5 years folks. Seriously folks only in New York are there basements in beach houses. Jeeze, that makes about as much sense as screen doors on submarines.

    January 2, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Live Free or Die

    Was the bill full of extra unrelated spending aka "pork"? Blame the thieves that loaded it up with crap and made it unpassable.

    January 2, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. seriously

    Okay folks, its not a "bail out" this is for reconstruction and its LOANS that folks have to pay back. Someone was talking about "responsiblity" – well when people have insurance and only pays them $10K for a $250K home sometime a little help is needed to get the working class back to work or at least not freezing to death. Biggest problem I have is Congress packing these bills with crap that has absolutely nothing to do with what the bill needs to do.

    January 2, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Wendy

    Good thing the republican leadership didn't have to spend an extra day in DC.

    With all due sarcasm:
    Unbelievable contempt and dereliction of duty.

    January 2, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. One L

    What took them so long? They could have taken care of this weeks ago

    January 2, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. jean

    This is a no brainer. It was nothing but payback time. Most of the affected states are blue. Democrats are disloyal, unpatriotic Americans, remember? They deserve to suffer. What about Republican Chris Christie, you ask? Well... He has to be taught a lesson about what happens to Republicans who are decent enough to acknowledge the cooperation of a sitting President from the opposing party. As with everything else brought to you by Boehner and his cabal, it's not about government doing right and good when it can and should; it's about power and control. They're all shameless and shameful, but no more so than the people who elected them.

    January 2, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. EarnYourOwn

    I find it funny that people are claiming that the GOP is not taking this up a pay back to Christie. NEW FLASH AMERICANS. The FEDRAL Government has NO MONEY. Yes they should fund the Emergent requirement (9 Billion it seems), but they should not fund the remainder of it. They are saying they need the money to upgrade the infrastructure, guess what that is already budgeted. If you are not budgeted well enough to fix the issues maybe you need to evaluate the State Budget. The Federal government is only responsible for the HIWAYS/FREEWAYS that connect multiple Military Bases and States for Inter-State Commerce.

    January 2, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. crimsoninok

    This is the smart play.. Approve the Emergency aid and then clean up the $51Billion and get rid of the Dem pork in it.. Nothing but SANDY Relief should be in the bill... Stop Goodie Grabbing Dems, enough is enough.

    January 2, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Mark Goodrich

    Higher taxes on incomes over $400,000 is estimated to raise $600 Billion over 10 years – or perhaps $60 Billion in 2013. The $60 Billion requested for Hurricane Sandy Relief virtually "wipes out" one year of this revenue needed to close our budget gap. Any bill passed should say where the "extra money" for Hurricane Sandy Relief will come from. Otherwise, our "fiscal quagmire" is as deep as ever.

    January 2, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Ralph

    These FAT GUYS REALLY GET ME. how much has already been pumped in,, people came to help and were turned away for being non union, have the unions, jay z , springtien, sarah jessie (horse face) pay for it, thier rich, isnt that what the dems are about??? robbing the rich. they had concerts, red cross text funds for petes sake enough !!!

    January 2, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Darryl

    Maybe they didn't vote on it because the rest of us are getting tired of bailing out disaster "victims"! Ever hear of property insurance? I have everything from replacement cost homeowners to hurricane and flood insurance. But, let's not start taking personal responsibility now .... Obama has built his platform on spend, spend, spend!!!

    January 2, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Democrats/Liberal's were in a big hurry to pass TARP and Obama Care but no where to be found with the Sandy Relief Bill. Like it or not, the Conservatives are trying to keep the Nationa Debtl under control. If the Liberal's hadn't spent us into obliivian perhaps the money would have been there. But no matter. Most of the people that are going ot game the system have never paid into the system. But they will get the money, from the tax payers.

    January 2, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Roger

    They'll need to get Grover's permission, first.

    January 2, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. w5cdt

    Why aren't these people insured? The "Republican" way is to take care of yourself and not take any "handouts" from the big bloated government.

    January 2, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. w5cdt

    Republicans don't believe in handouts....right? 🙂

    January 2, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Housecat

    Davessworks: FYI, yes we do have large tax bases, and a whole lotta' money goes your way 99.99999% of the time. I am sick to death of subsidizing you f***ing Red states and then having to put up with constant crap like yours. How about some personal responsibility in your own states? Maybe everyone who lives in Tornado Alley should just up and move somewhere else, because, hey, it's dangerous. How about everyone on the entire West Coast moving about 500 miles inland, because hey, there are just too many earthquakes out there? Does that sound like a good idea? Maybe all of us on the coasts can move to your neighborhood. Since you've been living off of our paychecks for so long, maybe we can return the favor, and let you subsidize us for once.
    Next time, try thinking before spouting off – oh wait, I forgot, you don't bother to fund your educational systems in Red America, so how could you possibly do that?

    January 2, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. samuel

    is this not the same john boehner who used the F word on harry reid ? he has failed as speaker simple reason he cannot garner half of his caucus.

    January 2, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Tony

    You all should be angry about all of the pork and the losers that took advantage of this situation to add the pork. Look at the bill, more than 60% doesn't even go the aid for the storm. Now thats very DISSCUSTING to me...!!!

    January 2, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Jim

    Money should not be given to anyone who did not PAY for insurance!
    I pay insurance premiums to cover disasters like this.

    January 2, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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