Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Peter King of New York had blistering criticism Wednesday for his own party's leadership following their decision in the House not to vote on a relief measure for Superstorm Sandy in this congressional session. The GOP House leadership, he said, "has turned its back on those people" who continue to suffer after the late October storm devastated parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
After passing the scaled-back fiscal cliff measure shortly before midnight, the House did not take up the $60 billion measure which passed the Senate in late December, as King said members of the House leadership had promised him.
"There's some dysfunction in the Republican leadership," he said in an interview on CNN. "For some reason, the speaker is taking it out on New York, Long Island, and New Jersey."
King said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had worked with representatives of the tri-state area and promised the vote would happen before the new Congress is sworn in on Thursday. The new Congress will mean the legislative process must be restarted.
King said he had a sense Republican leaders were avoiding him and a firm decision on the vote early Tuesday evening. King said he was "chasing [Boehner] all over the House," and eventually the speaker left without telling King and other members there would be no vote on the relief measure. Word of the scrapped vote emerged through staff members, and frustrated congressmen took their criticism to the House floor early Wednesday morning after the fiscal cliff deal passed.
One of the boiling points, he said, was when Boehner yelled at a member of the delegation who demanded a meeting to discuss the speaker's intentions.
King said he held Boehner responsible for the decision not to vote.
A senior aide to Republican House leadership said Wednesday that Boehner would make the supplemental appropriation "his first priority in the new Congress." An aide to Boehner said the speaker would meet with the New York and New Jersey delegations Wednesday afternoon.
In his interview, King blasted Republicans for tapping his state's wealth in campaign fundraisers, then turning their back on the state.
"These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they want money," he said on CNN.
In particular, King had sharp criticism for the House Appropriations Committee chairman, Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky.
"First, he doesn't know what he was talking about," King said in response to Rogers' point that FEMA had sufficient funding for at least two more months of relief effort, "and secondly, Hal Rogers has no problem coming to New York to raise money."
"Hal Rogers can play his game, he can suck up to the Republican speaker if he wants to, but he should stay out of New York," King continued. "Stay out of New York, Hal, raise your money down in Kentucky."
He expected the political consequences would include "Republican seats in the Northeast that I think were lost last night" due to the House leadership's move.
"There are a number of Republicans who may be able to kiss their seats goodbye because of what was done to them, not because of what they did, but what was done to them," he said. "Because the issue is if you can't provide the most basic assistance for your district, who needs you in Congress?"
King planned to carefully consider how to vote with future measures, holding his vote "in abeyance." He stopped short of saying he would vote to buck Boehner's speakership and although his frustration was high, he said he would not leave the GOP. "I'm going to do what I have to do," King said, adding he is "independent minded" and felt as though his party had "written me off."
"I would say the Republican Party has said it is the party of family values," he said. "Last night it turned its back on the most essential value of all, and that is to provide food, shelter clothing, and relief for people who have been hit by a natural disaster. And I would say that the Republican Party has turned its back on those people."
The superstorm started as a tropical storm in the Caribbean Sea. The storm strengthened to hurricane-level and left 113 people dead in the U.S.