It took a lot of hullabaloo and ranting from New York and New Jersey politicos, but after much pressure, House Republicans have agreed to change their “no” votes to “yes” regarding disaster relief for Hurricane Sandy victims.
One of the reasons New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie, the tell-it-like-it-is lambaster, was chosen as the R.N.C’s keynote speaker is that he pulls no punches. And today he came out swinging against his own party — and it seems his bellicosity was just the wake-up call that House Republicans needed.
Thirty-two Congressional representatives voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill — all of them Republicans — and the darling of the G.O.P. was none too pleased
“There is only one group to blame,” Christie told reporters. “The House Majority and John Boehner.”
“Last night, the House Majority failed most the basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state. It was disappointing and disgusting to watch. Shame on you, shame on Congress.”
“Our people were played last night as a pawn … and that’s why people hate Washington, D.C.; Last night, my party was responsible … It was the Speaker’s decision — his alone.”
New York Representative Peter King of Long Island also had choice words for his own party:
“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.”
Following Boehner’s acquiescence (hours after King’s and Christie’s remarks) the New York congressman appeared mollified that the $60 billion needed for disaster relief will pass in thirteen days.
The following congressmen voted against for the Sandy Disaster Relief: