The $60 billion emergency legislation to help New York, New Jersey and Connecticut rebuild and repair after Storm Sandy is apparently dead now that the House won’t take up the bill. It will be up to the next Congress, which convenes Thursday, to take up the matter.
A few reactions:
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro called it “simply shameful” in a late night tweet: “Sudden GOP decision to block Sandy relief is unprecedented affront to victims in need.”
U.S. Rep. John Larson: “I am deeply disappointed in the Republican Leaders decision. Thousands of Americans in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are struggling to recover from the most destructive storm to hit the East Coast in more than 80 years. The American people deserve the assurance that when disaster strikes, their government will be there to provide the assistance needed to rebuild and recover. Unfortunately, the Republican Leaders have proven that this is not the case … Earlier this week, the Senate approved a bipartisan measure that would provide the funding needed for our states to recover. The House has an obligation to consider that legislation, and the Republican leadership’s decision not to is deeply disappointing.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes tweeted that he “can’t belief House is adjourning without Sandy vote.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney: “The House GOP’s decision in the middle of the night to skip a critical vote on Hurricane Sandy relief kills any help for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York this Congress. The Senate acted, and the House should too. It will take months to reset a vote on the floor—months of delay Connecticut can’t afford.”
John Henry Decker, the GOP hopeful in the 1st last year, wouldn’t have been on board: “it’s filled with pork and earmarks,” he tweeted.