Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks from a meeting with House Republicans about a solution for the "fiscal cliff" on Capitol Hill (Photo : Reuters)
The House of Representatives closed the voting for session without voting on a bill that would grant financial aid to the states ravaged by hurricane Sandy. The decision to close session before proposing to vote on the bill has evoked a bipartisan resentment.
*Republican Representative, Peter King, voiced specific criticism towards House Speaker, John Boehner.
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King told Politico, "These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they're out raising millions of dollars," adding, "They're in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers."
"I'm saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace," King said according to Globalpost.
New Jersey governor Chis Christie took to Twitter to share his disappointment, tweeting "When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night. #SandyBill" as on @GovChristie.
President Obama too articulated the need to vote on the bill, "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," as on Washington Post.
According to reports, the house commenced the congressional session to the surprise of many Republicans and Democrats; the $60 billion Sandy bill will likely be up for vote in the 113th congressional session on Thursday as reported by NBC News.
Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland announced, "I have just been informed that we will be having perhaps no further votes in this Congress," he said, "I am deeply disappointed at that information. We have millions of our fellow citizens who have been badly damaged by a storm called Sandy," as reported by NBC.
The 113th session will commence only after the newly elected congress members are sworn in office. Unfortunately, since pending legislative bills do not roll over, the new congress will have to start fresh with the Sandy bill.
Many members from both parties expressed disappointment over the decision.
New York Republican representative, Michael Grimm told NBC reporters, "I feel it is a personal betrayal...But I think more importantly, when you parse out all the politics, the people of this country that have been devastated are looking at this as a betrayal by the Congress and by the nation, and that is just untenable and unforgivable."
Spokesman of House Speaker, Boehner said "The Speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month," as reported by NBC News.
Hurricane Sandy has devastated many regions on the East Coast such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut et al. The storm has been called the greatest storm on the East Coast causing power black outs in many areas, destroying homes and lives as well as completely debilitated transit systems.
* [CORRECTION] Peter Thomas King is the U.S. Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district.