Inaction On Hurricane Aid Leaves New York Lawmakers Livid

WASHINGTON (January 2, 2012)--New York lawmakers Wednesday were 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 storm in late October.

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 drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote was expected before Congress' term ends Thursday at noon.

President Barack Obama called Wednesday for House Republicans to vote on the aid "without delay for our fellow Americans."

Mr. Obama says in a written statement that many people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are trying to recover from the storm and need "immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us."

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