New York lawmakers blast Congress for no Sandy aid vote

Local lawmakers blast Congress for no Sandy aid vote

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Several local lawmakers are blasting Congress for failing to hold a vote on superstorm Sandy aid.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Senate financial bill that will prevent the U.S. economy from falling off the fiscal cliff.  But Congress failed to vote on the $60.4B superstorm Sandy relief bill.

Gov. Chris Christie is calling the House of Representative's failure to act "inexcusable."

Christie issued a joint statement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday lambasting Congress's failure to approve the emergency aid measure.

Christie and Cuomo say it's been 66 days since the storm hit, and nearly a month since President Obama proposed an aid package which was passed by the Senate.

Both governors say the House's move to allow the bill to die was an unprecedented failure to respond to a devastating natural disaster that has impacted thousands of American lives.

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.

It was a surprise move that stunned Rep. Steve Israel (D-LI.) He spoke with Good Day NY on Wednesday.

"In the very last minute they pulled the rug from under us. When it came to New Yorkers and people in NJ they said no. It is simply indefensible. There is going to be a delay in getting these funds to the people who need them. It was John Boehner and Eric Cantor who turned their backs on New Yorkers and New Jerseyans," said Israel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • Housing activists protest Airbnb

    Housing activists protest Airbnb

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-09-12 23:41:17 GMT
    You've probably seen Airbnb commercials extolling the benefits of homeowners renting out their houses or apartments to out-of-town guests for a fee. Sharing is caring feel-good commercials.But housing activists say Airbnb is reducing available housing in New York City's increasingly expensive and shrinking housing market. They argue Airbnb is pushing thousands of apartments toward use as illegal hotels instead of affordable housing.
    You've probably seen Airbnb commercials extolling the benefits of homeowners renting out their houses or apartments to out-of-town guests for a fee. Sharing is caring feel-good commercials.But housing activists say Airbnb is reducing available housing in New York City's increasingly expensive and shrinking housing market. They argue Airbnb is pushing thousands of apartments toward use as illegal hotels instead of affordable housing.
  • Clothing for a cause

    Clothing for a cause

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-09-12 23:00:07 GMT
    Like millions of Americans, John Williams has been out of work for months. He has finally landed an interview for a customer service position. To make sure he gets the job, he is making sure to look his best, thanks to Suited for Work.Suited for Work is a program under FEGS, a nonprofit that's been around for 80 years. Since its inception, Suited for Work has outfitted more than 8,000 men with brand-new suits donated by manufacturers.
    Like millions of Americans, John Williams has been out of work for months. He has finally landed an interview for a customer service position. To make sure he gets the job, he is making sure to look his best, thanks to Suited for Work.Suited for Work is a program under FEGS, a nonprofit that's been around for 80 years. Since its inception, Suited for Work has outfitted more than 8,000 men with brand-new suits donated by manufacturers.
  • Woman sexually assaulted twice in 1 hour

    Woman sexually assaulted twice in 1 hour

    New York City police are looking for two suspects in connection with separate sexual assaults on the same victim in the span of one hour.
    New York City police are looking for two suspects in connection with separate sexual assaults on the same victim in the span of one hour.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices