Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Friday that his fellow Republicans are making New York’s members of Congress walk around “like third-world beggars” pleading for votes for hurricane relief funds.
“Quite frankly it’s going to be difficult going back and working with people you sit next to and whenever they were in need, we responded immediately,” he said Friday guest hosting a radio interview with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), first reported by New York Daily News. “Not one member of Congress ever voted against or said one word in opposition to aid going to other states when the money was needed.”
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a package of roughly $50 billion in spending to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy and harden civil infrastructure to future storms. Just 49 House Republicans voted for the relief bill, while 179 opposed it.
East coast Republicans like King and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were aghast after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) delayed a vote to partially fund flood insurance claims from states hit by Hurricane Sandy.
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