UPDATE: 12:00 P.M. EST
President Barack Obama urged Republicans in the House of Representatvies to vote on the $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster aid bill, after it failed to make it to the floor last night:
"When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans," Obama said in a statement.
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Misery...I mean GOP, loves company!
The Associated Press reports that House Republicans pulled a bill that would have given billions in emergency relief to Hurricane Sandy victims, prompting an immediate response from New York area lawmakers.
The $60.4 billion measure, which was pulled by Speaker John Boehner, was Senate approved on Friday and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor insisted that the bill would reach the House floor on Tuesday. The House, however, decided to abandon a vote this session, holding up the funds. No immediate comments have been made about the delay.
"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."
"I truly feel betrayed this evening," said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.
"We need to be there for all those in need now after Hurricane Sandy," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.
More than $2 billion in federal funds have already been used for the hurricane relief in
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
We don't know if the GOP are upset about the fiscal cliff deal or what, but if they are, they need to get that chip off their shoulder so that hurricane affected areas can get the help they need. Petty. SMH.
SOURCE: Associated Press