January 2nd, 2013
12:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Furor over dropped vote for Sandy aid defused

(CNN) - The promise of $60 billion can do a lot to calm outrage.

That point was underscored Wednesday, when House leaders met with irate representatives from New York and New Jersey who felt they had been ignored by House Speaker John Boehner when he scrapped a planned vote late Tuesday on a massive aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims.


Filed under: New Jersey • New York • Peter King
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  1. DOG1

    Perhaps Cantor and Ryan could send them some "vouchers" and let them shop around for the cheapest hurricane relief, like they want to do for medical care and education.
    I believe this falls under the "what goes around comes around" category Mr King!

    January 2, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The party "has turned its back on those people,"
    They've turned their backs on more than just those people. They've turned their backs on America. Look at all of their obstruction from the 9/11 First Responders Bill, Joplin aid relief and now Sandy relief.

    January 2, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    King put the blame squarely on House Speaker John Boehner. The No. 2 Republican in the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, had guaranteed a vote on the the $60.4 billion package, King said.

    He added that he was chasing Boehner "all over the House last night" and that Boehner had said everything would be taken care of after the vote on the fiscal cliff. But Boehner left.

    "He wouldn't tell us why. He just decided to sneak off in the dark of night."
    You gotta love my fellow New Yorkers! Screw us and we will sing like jailbirds with parole on the line.
    Sing King!! Sing Boehner's and your fellow Rethuglikkklan's praises for the whole wide world to hear and know what the hell we've been dealing with and suffering under for the past 4 years.
    Men whose word is not worth the spit they use to utter it, and whose handshake hides a sharpened knife to stab you with.
    Tell us something about your Party we, the American people, especially those that are still looking for work, didn't already know.

    January 2, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Newspaper noy

    The Gop can ruin a free goal. My guess is that were blind with rage. But .... There ARE dem ' s in the house... Right?

    January 2, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. chilly g

    the number one reason the repiblicans turn there back on sandy storm victims is because new jersey and new york
    are blue states.

    January 2, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Logic N LA

    Why would anyone be surprised? The House and it's leadership are useless!

    January 2, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    @I will wait

    Rep King.. can we have a little background music while reading about your past stance on hurricane relief?

    The congressman, who is running for his sixth term, was outspoken about — among other things — the need to pay for any spending on disaster relief, an issue he has dealt with before. In 2005, he voted against a bill to help Hurricane Katrina victims because he said it cost too much at $51.8 billion. King was one of only 11 members of Congress to oppose the bill. King said last week that his vote against Hurricane Katrina relief was “a good vote” and “a principled vote.”

    Why is it that GOPers NEVER EVER understand that their past comments WILL ALWAYS come back to bite them when least expected?

    January 2, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    But mr. king, the rethug congress was doing EXACTLY what their constitutents in their little gerrymandered districts sent them to DC to do. Sorry for their bad luck, but they got what they voted for. It's called Karma.

    January 2, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Bessy

    Well, what did you expect out of these thugs ? They could care less about the American people. All they care about is their rich friends. But since memories are short, the same people who are complaining about this unthinkable act will vote them back in office.

    January 2, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Greg in Arkansas

    I was going to comment.....but....what can I say that isn't obvious.......the GOP spending cuts only apply to OTHER peoples' needs...

    January 2, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The party of "family values" placed their hand on the Bible and took an oath to serve the American people and use the Bible, tout their faith all to gain votes from the Evangelical community and they did. So where are those representatives from the Evangelical community, haven't heard a word from them or are they just "false prophets"?

    January 2, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Dennis Freeman

    Welcome to the new Tea Party/GOP – lovely people...

    January 2, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    No need to be furious–just do not elect these thugs anymore. Simple. This nation is in need to strict immigration than ever before. We need to reduce the number if I migrations too. Lot of cheatings too.

    January 2, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Pardon me king, but where we're you when cantor was extorting the government during other natural disasters until August 2011 when the earthquake hit his little owner od e world?
    The rethugs also were against any aid to first responders at the Twin Towers many of whom have died of cancer.
    NOW he wakes up!!! Shameful of him and his party if he ll NO!!!

    January 2, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. GOP= Greed Over People (Party)

    Lol at king want to have have his cake and eat it to. This is the new GOP, F bomb u and the american people.they only care about the 2%.

    January 2, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Hey, Pete, just get your IRA buddies to give back some of the monies you raised for them.

    January 2, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Republican Party has said it's the party of 'family values.' Last night, it turned its back on the most essential value of all, and that's to provide food, shelter, clothing and relief for people who have been hit by a natural disaster,"

    Guess King got all caught up in the FOX-trot shuffle thingy he had going on for himself these past few years and so. Now that the shoe's on the other foot, that FOX-trot isn't quite the dance he thought it'd be. So here he is - begging for a new dance partner.

    Yeah. It's Karma, all right. Big time.

    January 2, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. asusual

    Welcome to the club. You and the government have been sticking it to the american people for decades

    January 2, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Take out the 60% PORK, and you might get it passed!

    January 2, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Steve, New York City

    While I do not often agree with Peter King, on this issue I am 100% with him. To hear Darrell Issa and others callously refer to emergency relief as "extra spending" was over the top. Multimillionaires like Issa can spend unlimited time in hotels if a natural disaster destroys their homes. Some of the comments from the far right in the house of rep on this issue make Mitt Romney's comment about "gifts for minorities and women" seem educated.

    Even as mostly blue states got hit by the storm, still shocking that they turned their backs on really good Republicans like Chris Christie.

    January 2, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Sheila

    @ Rick McDaniel – I doubt if they would have passed it – even if it really had 60%

    January 2, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Smitty

    Between concerts, red cross donations, text reliefs how much more should we give ??? if these people havent figured out what to do with what they already collected why should we spend more money, as for fatso king, give up what you spend on food, that should help a few, all other new yorkers & jeseyites , its your states go down and help them out, it gets really old hearing more, more , more

    January 2, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. John the Historian

    The Republicans are only the party of the corporate elite who want bonuses for posting a lose and laying people off, the rich who don't want to pay their fair share of taxes and want foreign bank accounts like Willard Romney, the Christian Right which is neither who want a theocracy and want to ban all abortions even in cases of rapes and incest and want all Gays in psychiatric wards, and the party of the military industrial complex who want one war after the next and want a war with Iran, a country of 80 million people. Hell the USA could not handle the 29 million people in Iraq. Considering how many military grunts are paid to the corporate elite. The Republican party the party of family values. Rush and his fourth wife and Newt with his third wife who had affair with Callistra the same time he persecute Clinton for a consentual affair and also wanted an open relationship with his second wife and Callistra. Cuts and cuts is all the Republicans know. They are Scrooge to the hurricane victims.

    January 2, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |