House Republicans Stall Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill
It has been two months since Hurricane Sandy swept up the East Coast and destroyed much in it’s path. While president Obama has done what he can, House Republicans won’t budge on the proposed relief plan.
New York magazine reports that while a relief package has been approved by the Senate to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, Congress has yet to pass the bill, and may not have the chance to do so.
After passing the Fiscal Cliff bill in the zero hour, congress went on recess before looking at the proposed $60 million relief package for Sandy victims. Reports say that if they don’t look at that bill, the whole thing might need to be redone. So does that mean four months before Sandy ravaged New Jersey, New York, and parts of New England get some help?
According to WTEN in Albany, NY Governors Cuomo and Christie have a released a joint statement on the failure to pass the bill:
With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bi-partisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor. This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented. The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty. When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night.
House Speaker John Boehner told sources that he is committed to passing that bill by January, but January when?