Republicans Slam Boehner For Postponing Sandy Aid Vote05:08
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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves a closed door meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 1, 2013.  (AP /J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves a closed door meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP /J. Scott Applewhite)

New York lawmakers are branding the decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote on Hurricane Sandy aid in the current Congress a "betrayal."

Reps. Michael Grimm, a Republican, and Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, said on the House floor Wednesday that while they did not agree on much, House Speaker John Boehner's decision would be a crushing blow to states battered by the late October storm.

The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the storm that devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and nearby states. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress' term ends Thursday at noon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Guest:

  • Ezra Klein, senior Washington Editor for ABC World News

This segment aired on January 2, 2013.

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