Breaking: House to vote on Sandy aid, King says
January 2nd, 2013
03:35 PM ET
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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. Milagros

    60 Billion should be enough to rebuild every home east of St. Louis. The Madoff Ponzi scheme was only 50 billion! Why so much money? You know the actual homeowners won't see one green dollar in their hands. It's going to be a huge windfall for the construction, teachers, and cops union rackets. Billions supposedly went to New Orleans and thousands of those people never got their houses rebuilt. The money was all laundered it for the election.

    January 2, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Candice Taylor

    I can't believe any one was shocked. If you are out to stick it to the poor, the elderly and the disabled, why wouldn't you do this to disaster victims?

    January 2, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Peter Q Wolfe

    I completely agree with republicans and democrats tht Hurricane Sandy relief needs to happen now not later. Think about this that NYC is 10% of the U.S.D GDP and New York and New Jersey pay more in federal taxxes than the redistributed welfare southerneers. The basic reality is that the northeast needs this bill to pass.

    January 2, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. debbyv

    My Mother always said the GOP was trying to turn this country into a third world country. Sure, insurance will cover a lot of the damage but what about infrastructure? Nice places to live but you can't drink the water or have to have an outhouse to go to the bathroom. Subway damage, bridges that have been swept away, numerous other problems that we don't think about all of them covered by regional, state and federal monies. The region's will be bankrupt if they try to do it on their own. Anyway, Boehner and his cronies only think of themselves not the people who hired them. Him and his plan B, he forgot to add "from Outer Space" since it made about as much sense. We need to impeach all of them before they destroy this country!

    January 2, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. OrganicManLives_N_anOraganicUNiverSE

    how much pork can there be in this barrel? enough for King and Christie. really that many BILLIONS???

    January 2, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Todd

    Republicans spending more money we don't have...typical

    January 2, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. scoto

    I dont know what else a large part of our fellow Americans need as proof that this bunch just dont CARE about them and yet they repeatedly cut their own throats by doing so.

    January 2, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Bill

    Vote NO. Tell Christie and company that their aid was already spent as PORK in the "fiscal taxing" bill.

    January 2, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. John

    the entire eastern seaboard is not worth that much money. screw the jersey shore start a TV show in Paducah Ky and save a ton of money. Hey You Christie ...we can't afford to feed you anymore!

    January 2, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Steve R

    Funny. Some think Boehner is a dictator. I think he is a weak, ineffective person who is moved by whatever political tide is the strongest on any given day. He is not leading his Party. He's following the powers du jour.

    January 2, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Facts don't Lie

    heck from some of the pictures I've seen of the looks on the faces of King and Christie they probably SCARED then into doing it.

    January 2, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. pkfops

    King's a real nutjob.

    January 2, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. daretosay

    Sandy vs the Fiscal Cliff issues is a no-brainer.....you have to take care of the total population first....plus don't most of the Sandy victims have insurance to help them recover? I went through a horrible tornado/hail storm and my area was torn up very badly....not I did not recover nearly as much money as I should have for my out of pocket expenses, but I still was able to repair and replace most everything on my home....I had nobody voting for relief for me....yes people died in the storm I experienced too but congress wasn't asked to lend me a hand.

    January 2, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. daLoser

    How many "natural" disasters do we have to put up with before we actually try to do something about this climate change.

    This guy is freaking out because of the storm. What about spending money on things that would help prevent this from happening again?

    remember, this is god's earth and he made it for us. We are arrogant to think we can harm the earth (this was from one of your fellow gop'ers)

    you want relief.. Go pray

    January 2, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. John Steel

    This is not aid for victims of Sandy. It is a bailout of NYC, NJ and CT. They are looking to exploit this this storm to cover their massive deficits. Since when is upgrading your transit system part of disaster relief? Use some of the $8 billion NYC alone collects in tolls each year. It is time for the Federal Government to cut NYC off from the trough. We pour billions into that rat hole each year.

    January 2, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. fay ruujin

    the GOP is not just mean and hateful, they are cannibalistic.

    January 2, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Gee, they're going to vote on this without finding offsetting spending cuts like the republicans wanted for other disasters???? What a bunch of no good hypocrites. The rethuglicans are so out of touch with the country and incongrurent to themselves that it's not funny anymore..it's sad. They are more of a threat to our country than any debt or disaster could ever be!!!

    January 2, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Roger Martin

    For the last several weeks, we have heard nothing but complaining by Republicans about cuts to Social Security, a system taxpayers were forced to contribute significant amounts to, over their entire lives.
    Yet here are the Republicans, the first in line demanding 60 BILLION in aid to a bunch of rich people in New Your and New Jersey, many of whom are multi-home owners. If those rich people are stupid enough to build/buy a house on the beacfront, knowing storms occur, then why is the responsibility of tax payers to fund the recovery for them. That's why they are supposed to purchase insurance. Did these republicans contribute through out their lives to a fund for this purpose? I doubt it.

    January 2, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. ZoeyKay

    I'd like to see what his reaction, along with Gov. Christie, would be if the House voted it down because they couldn't cut food stamps or Medicare to pay for the bill.

    January 2, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Getty

    First let me say, that i do not wish any bad weather or storm on anyone anytime. But I am so tired of the east coast acting like Sandy was a category 5 hurricane. Ike hit Houston and was a Cat 4 and nobody on the east coast lifted a finger to help. But let them get a Cat 1 and they think they deserve everyone else to hold concerts for them and give them government money. Just saying.

    January 2, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Jay

    You're right mcbob, we should just let everyone in the northeast that had their homes destroyed live on the streets. We shouldn't help them. Maybe if you moved somewhere like Iran, you could have a government you like that doesn't help its citizens.

    January 2, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. RIGHT IS MIGHT

    Also, matching funds for the Guns for Students program the NRA is starting.

    January 2, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. korkea aika

    What can any reasonable person expect from the useless, tired, broken record House Republicans? President Obama is correct when he says he won't waste his time arguing with them to pay the bill for laws they have passed. We had 2 wars on the credit card, and now we need to pay up. Where were these deficit hawks when Bush / Cheney and Rummy were running up the tab? And for those who want to mention 'stimmulus' and 'TARP' let's remember that that money

    January 2, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Commobn Sense

    Do you think if this disaster happened in Boehner or Cantor's state they wouldn't voted on the minute the Senate passed the bill?

    January 2, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Pete

    Well till Christie came out outraged nobody knew where states stood on the Sandy storm relief and now you know how callus ,unthoughtful and selfserving republicans really are..It's time republican voters grabbed the smelling salts and wake up to something the democrates ,independents knew for years that republicans only care for their wealthy elitist and corporate handlers and republicans the ignorent party that always fall for the pandering but always realize that after the election they've been cleverly conned again...For republicans it happens all the time doesn't it,so republicans come out of your fog and vote with us and rid the government of these useless pieces of political trash because its in your best interest and now you know they're not for you!!!

    January 2, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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