Why the House GOP left the Hurricane Sandy relief bill out in the cold

By Elspeth Reeve

January 2, 2013

While the fiscal cliff deal was busy getting passed, bitter House Republicans allowed a $27 billion relief package for states affected by Hurricane Sandy to die amidst partisan, pork-stuffed complaints. Majority Leader Eric Cantor had pushed for the bill to be debated Wednesday, Politico's David Rogers explains, and Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey had filed a $33 billion amendment to the $27 billion Senate bill. But Tuesday night, House Republicans had a change of heart, and the bill will likely fade away as the extended session of Congress comes to a close Wednesday afternoon. Northeastern lawmakers are furious, and say House Republicans just don't want to vote for a spending bill after voting for a tax increase.


At least the outrage is bipartisan. New Jersey Democrat Rob Andrews told Politico:

"I assume there is as tactical consideration here, that the Republican leadership didn't want to be anywhere near a big spending bill after the fiasco of their handling the tax debate. I understand the tactics but there is a real human need here that is being ignored."

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By Elspeth Reeve

January 2, 2013

http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/01/why-house-gop-left-hurricane-sandy-relief-bill-out-cold/60415/