Hurricane Sandy Aid: Abandoned
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Congress adjourned the current term without holding a vote on critical aid to Superstorm Sandy victims, and lawmakers in both parties are pissed off about it.
New York area legislators expressed their anger about the lack of a vote for the Senate-approved $60.4 billion measure that will help with recovery from Sandy.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said late yesterday he was told that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio had decided to foresake a vote this session and he’s calling out members of his own party for abandoning Sandy relief legislation.
According to an article at Huffingtonpost.com:
“In remarks on the House floor, King called the decision “absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible. We cannot just walk away from our responsibilities.”
Others are expressing their outrage, as well.
“This is an absolute disgrace and the speaker should hang his head in shame,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
“I’m here tonight saying to myself for the first time that I’m not proud of the decision my team has made,” said Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. “It is the wrong decision, and I’ m going to be respectful and ask that the speaker reconsider his decision. Because it’s not about politics, it’s about human lives.”
Why do you think this bill was left without a vote before Congress adjourned and how angry are you about it?