Congress Walks Away From Vote on Sandy Relief
Matt | On 02, Jan 2013
Congress showed Tuesday why they probably don’t get a lot of love in the New York and New Jersey areas.
Federal lawmakers reconvened on New Year’s Day to take a special vote on the fiscal cliff legislation, which passed both the Senate and House. Congress wrapped up their work and went home as if they had nothing else to do.
Strangely, House Speaker John Boehner canceled an additional vote in the House on $60 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy relief. It was unknown what prompted Boehner’s decision, especially since the funding had already passed a Senate vote. The measure would have received a House vote directly after the fiscal cliff legislation on Tuesday night. The federal aid was designed to those in the New York and New Jersey area as they rebuild from the October storm.
Not only did the House leave again and not push the aid through, but the 113th Congress will be sworn in on Thursday. This means that the legislative process to get the money has to start over from scratch because of the new session of Congress.
Observers are faulting the piss-poor leadership of Speaker Boehner for the missed vote. He has said that he will fast-track the vote in the next session of Congress. Republicans from the New York and New Jersey area handed him his ass in the press when asked about the funding.
“People in my party, they wonder why they’re becoming a minority party,” Rep. Steve King (R-New York) said on CNN.
“Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican congressional campaign committee should have their head examined,” he added. [SOURCE]
Now that’s a heavy statement when a Republican is questioning why people would donate to their party. But, I agree with Rep. King. It’s a host of small actions that destroy the faith and trust that Americans put in their elected officials.
Is there anyone out there who actually thinks Congress is doing a GOOD job in Washington, D.C.? There can’t be…….