House scraps vote on Hurricane Sandy aid before wrapping session
Evelyn Faherty hugs a friend on Sunday, November 11, while discussing the damage done to her home by Superstorm Sandy in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, New York.
January 2nd, 2013
01:55 AM ET
9 years ago

House scraps vote on Hurricane Sandy aid before wrapping session

Washington (CNN) - In a move that surprised many lawmakers and angered others, House Republican leaders wrapped up this session of Congress Tuesday night without voting on a package that would have provided billions of dollars in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The Senate passed the $60.4 billion measure last week, and senators from New York had called on the House to take it up promptly.

But because the House failed to act and a new Congress will be sworn in Thursday, the entire legislative process will have to start over - delaying the package from disbursing money to affected states.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    This should have been a no brainer.... they cannot even support a Republican governor!!
    When we y'all know have a problem in our southern states ( i.e Republican ) both government and BP better get off thier fannies and start sending the money now and god help you if you take too much time to do it or it aint double what is offered.
    Sandy OOh too many dems there and they dont support us and gosh we are so tired we need Holiday and cannot take just one hour to pass the Sandy bill .... if that's what they call serving the people I'll be damned!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 2, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  2. Gene Lewin

    The states that need the money the most are blue states a coincidence? I don't think so "revenge".

    January 2, 2013 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  3. Jerubbaal

    This has to be one of the most unconcionable derelictions of duty that I have ever witnessed. How the repubs can validate their actions are beyond me. They are the personification of the wicked one, they have just turned their back on devastated Americans. After Katrina there were no issues rendering aid. I guess the House is only concerned about the red states. If citizens of the affected areas do not demand that the House act now and make the GOP pay at the polls for their lack of support than they will only havf themselves to blame. It is time to take our govt back from the GOTP extremists and make it work for us.

    January 2, 2013 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  4. plain&simple

    What? You expect them to work on the cliff AND the hurricane? That's more work than this house has done in two years....republicans would give government a bad name if they did that. Heck people might come to expect them to get things done!

    January 2, 2013 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  5. marita

    I did not think, I could get any more disgusted!! We MUST have Term-limits, otherwise there will be no end to this complete disregard + utter uselessness!! It's beyond comprehension, they're just spitting into our faces!! – @Marita.

    January 2, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Blame cantor. The toothman has NEVER wanted to give money to areas in OUR country devastated by natural disasters but he ran and groveled on his knees when his little VA district needed money after the 2011 earthquake.
    VOTE CANTOR OUT!!! He's a cancer that needs to be taken out so that the body (US) can continue to live.

    January 2, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  7. Name lynn

    it sure wasnt hard for the white house leaders an them republicans to pass a bill for sandy but they all was fighting with obama with the fiscal cliff whats wrong with them its making them white house leaders an them republicans show their colors

    January 2, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Along with members of the NJ & NY delegations along with the other states affected, I am surprised and disappointed that there has been nothing done to pass this. It was shorter when the Gulf Coast was hit. Why should there be any difference? I wonder if this should be another reason that Boehner isn't re-elected to be Speaker of the House. He seems to have lost control of his cacus.

    January 2, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  9. virginia girl

    Hey Christy, how do u like your party now? Maybe if you had done the right thing for your state and accepted ACA for your citizens while you were begging for 80b, you may have gotten more support! 2014 we the people will be tossing out the rest of the garbage out of congress so you better choose your side carefully.

    January 2, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. Just a thought

    But of course....this country can't help its own after spending trillions in Iraq and Afghanistan. This idiot nation elected Dubya and see what that got us?

    January 2, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |