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Boehner Relents on Sandy Aid Bill

Congress expected to vote on first part of package Friday.

House Speaker John Boehner promised to hold votes on a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster relief package over the next two weeks, following his meeting with Rep. Peter King of New York on Wednesday.

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Congress is expected to vote Friday on $9.7 billion for the National Flood Insurance Program and the remaining $50.3 billion will go to the House floor for a vote on Jan. 15, where it will be split roughly into an $18-billion bill and a $33-billion amendment. If approved, the Senate must vote on all the pieces of the aid package, with a final vote expected the following week, according to Newsday.

Congress was expected to vote on the disaster relief package Wednesday, but Boehner, R-Ohio, pulled the bill — aimed at providing funding to storm-ravaged communities in New Jersey and New York, from Long Beach to the Hamptons — during a late night session of the “fiscal cliff” vote Tuesday. Since a new Congress will be sworn in Thursday, the relief package would have to return to the Senate, where a similar version of the bill was approved last Friday. The cancelled vote effectively delays certain funds that require authorization, such as FEMA disaster money.

King, R-Seaford, took to the House floor Tuesday and condemned Boehner’s decision to cancel the vote on the relief package as “absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible.” But after his meeting with the speaker in the Capital with other GOP lawmakers from New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, King provided an explanation for the cancelled vote. Said King: 

"The speaker had made the decision that with what was going on with the fiscal cliff it wasn't the right time to bring it up. We agreed to disagree. Obviously, we made our position clear last night … What's important as far as I'm concerned is, we got the absolute commitment to bring the whole $60 billion beginning on Friday and concluding on Jan. 15."

In a joint statement released Wednesday, Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said: "Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations.”

Zigsauered January 04, 2013 at 05:53 PM
We should not be force paying for others that choose to live in a high risk area! This is an entitlement that they can NO longer afford! Build inland...duh!!!!!!
tom cavanaugh January 04, 2013 at 07:58 PM
His own party voted him in ---enough said.---everybody but you M.perrotta knows the republican leadership in congress is morally bankrupt---HELLO!!!!---------to zigsauered-- since when is SANDY HOOK ahigh risk area people have lived in this area for well over 100 years and never had a problem----and by the way 98% of the great people in that area work their tail off to make a living----time to take a time out my friend---or is it DUH!!!!-------------------tom cavanaugh---blue point
Zigsauered January 04, 2013 at 09:14 PM
They had a little storm 2 years ago and it will happen again. I've worked my tail off too and knew 50 years ago that it was coming to a coast line any where e.g. tsunami, hurricane or typhoon, but didn't expect to pay for others behavior of living in these risky areas! Once the government forces hard working tax payers like me to pay for risky behavior then yes I am ready to move too. As I write this I too am looking for coastal property, but more of the sub tropical...duh. I wish I did it years ago! What a great entailment!
M. Perrotta January 04, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Tom Cavanaugh, I guess you didn't understand my comment,or don't understand sarcasm !
Tonto Hertzberg January 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Call Pete Kings office. Tell him that REGARDLESS of how he votes, you will hold the ENTIRE GOP NY delegation responsible if their redneck scumbag cohorts try to hold up the January 15th vote for the money to fix the boardwalk and the rest of NY & NJ. Tell him that if those pos hacks from the South want to stay in the majority in 2014 they had better cough up that dough. Dont sit back and take this nonsense from these rats. Tell King to tell his boss, that drunken nicotine faced pos Boner that we will put the ENTIRE NY & NJ GOP Congressional delegations out on the street, and thereby wreck their majority, if we dont get what we PAID for...........our insurance claim paid out fairly!

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