After Onslaught Of Public Criticism, Boehner Reschedules Sandy Relief Vote For Friday
After a full day of criticism over the House delaying a vote on relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, Republican lawmakers confirmed that the vote will be held on Friday. The Senate passed the relief bill last week, and the House was supposed to pass it last night after dealing with the fiscal cliff, but the vote was tabled, drawing outrage from many members of Congress.
The frustration over the House’s inability to take care of the vote last night crossed party lines, with Democrats and Republicans representing the areas hit hardest by the hurricane not holding back in the slightest in showing their utter disgust for the failure of the House to pass the bill. New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York governor Andrew Cuomo released a joint statement criticizing the partisan gridlock in Washington, while Christie held a press conference laying the blame squarely at the feet of House Speaker John Boehner.
New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell took to the House floor earlier today, called GOP leadership “schizophrenic,” and said it’s past the time for debating and time to “take the gloves off, Jersey style.” But perhaps the harshest rebuke from inside Congress came from New York Republican Peter King, who was so frustrated with his Republican colleagues that he publicly stated that GOP donors in New York and New Jersey should not give even a dime to the Republicans who delayed the vote.
Boehner and Eric Cantor quickly responded to all the public criticism with a joint statement clarifying that they believe relief aid should be the “first priority in the new Congress,” but the damage was already done. Some House Republicans are even considering abstaining from Thursday’s vote to reelect Boehner for the speakership.
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