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King Slams Boehner Over No Vote On Sandy Aid Package

Republican congressman says House leadership turns its back on local residents in need.

Republican Peter King on Wednesday slammed his own party’s leadership in the House of Representatives for failing to bring to a vote a $60 billion aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

In an interview with CNN, the congressman said that while the Republican Party has been the party of “family values,” it turned its back on the most essential value of all; providing food, shelter, clothing and relief for people who have been impacted by a natural disaster.

"Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined," he told CNN.

He placed blame for the lack of a vote on House Speaker John Boehner, noting that Majority Leader Eric Cantor had guaranteed a vote on the aid package.

Other officials including President Obama, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and members of the Long Island congressional delegation have called on Boehner to bring the Sandy aid package to the House floor for a vote.

M. Perrotta January 02, 2013 at 08:14 PM
This is why we need term limits !
tom cavanaugh January 02, 2013 at 08:54 PM
TOM CAVANAUGH ------ BOEHNER IS A CRUM BUN AT BEST---THE VICTIMS OF SANDY SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF IMMEDIATELY ,EVEN BEFORE THE FISCAL CLIFF VOTE-----PLEASE!!!!!
Terra Firma January 02, 2013 at 09:38 PM
The bill was filled with more pork than a sausage factory by the time it came out of the senate. - $150 million for NOAA to dole out to fisheries in ALASKA (WTF). - A whopping $13 billion for "mitigation projects" to prepare for future storms. - $58 million for "forest restoration" on private land... - $10.7 billion for transportation, most of which is for future construction and improvements and not disaster relief. In other words, just a slush fund buffet... The pig trough is endless. Congress has a duty to pass reasonable legislation. Rep. King is one of the better reps in Congress. But this is just political emotionalism. The legislation was bad, bad, bad.
Charles J. Giles January 03, 2013 at 12:43 PM
A very smart man I know, from Long Island has always said that Human Life takes a back seat to politics. This is the almighty truth. The innocent victims of Superstorm Sandy need to be helped immediately! Boehner needs to go and He needs to go NOW.
Patch Fan January 03, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Hey person on the high horse...every bill comes out with pork... So why us..why now? Why was there no delay for Katrina funds? No delay for the Texas wildfire funds only 16 months ago in August 2011 (everyone of those senators that said no were yes to that one), No delay in Pakistan or Egypt getting there funds, or how about the money to help the poor souls in Japan, Haiti or Indonesia? Where was your pork outrage then? 60+ days for your suffering family, friends, and neighbors? For the region that OVERWHELMINGLY sends more revenues out then they get back...OVERWHELMINGLY! Shame on them and shame on you.
Terra Firma January 03, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I am not on a high horse at all Patch Fan. My feet are planted on Terra Firma my friend. I am just not willing to suspend my powers of rationality. If the article was about the Texas relief bills that were crafted or ridiculous foreign aid packages, I would have commented accordingly. The article was about a Sandy Relief bill. I agree with Mr. Giles above. The victims need help immediately. So how does $150 million to Alaskan fisheries help Sandy victims? How does $10 billion for transportation improvements in the future help Sandy victims immediately? How does $58 million in "forest restoration" fix someone's home in Babylon or Lindenhurst? Tragedies shouldn't be an excuse to exploit the taxpayers under the guise of helping victims.
confectioner January 03, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Agreed, help the people that need it now- it's already taken over 50 days more than Katrina aid and stop adding unrealted nonsense.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto January 03, 2013 at 07:54 PM
They should ALL just cut the crap and get it done. It amazes me how all of these guys/ladies receive a paycheck. If I did my job like they do, I would be fired....immediately!!!!! On the flip side of the coin, they keep getting re-elected.....baffles the mind sometimes....
JOAN ENSULO January 04, 2013 at 12:54 AM
LOVE YOU PETER KING i believe you are a man of your WORD
christie nicolle January 05, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Love Pete King... wish he were sitting in the highest office in the land instead of an immature invention of the left.

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