House Delays Sandy Relief Bill

$60 billion blocked by Speaker


Members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressed consternation after the House failed to vote on a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill Tuesday night. Representatives from both parties were quick to voice criticism of Speaker John Boehner, who halted the vote. While the bill will be reintroduced when the new congress elected in November is sworn in, it will have to be considered and passed all over again, further delaying aid for New York and New Jersey residents whose homes were destroyed in the October storm.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was especially vocal, tweeting: “When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night.” New York Representative Peter King (R) expressed similar sentiment. “Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds,” he said. “Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans.”

The 113th Congress will convene for the first time at noon on Thursday.

Via Global Post