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Sandy Victims' Outrage Forces Congress to Vote on Relief Package

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Hurricane Sandy relief, congress, legislation, usa, politics, obama, republicans, democrats, news )

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After broad criticism over its decision to close the year without acting on an urgent $60 billion disaster aid package for states still cleaning up the damage from Hurricane Sandy, House leaders have pledged to vote on the measure by January 15.

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Roseann d (178)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 2:52 pm
Hey as long as NASCAR, Disney, multinational corporations, mining companies, and Goldman Sachs got their tax breaks in the fiscal cliff negotiations, that's all the GOP cares about.

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:30 pm
Oh....and the zillionaires get better tax breaks.....don't forget THAT Roseann!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 3:15 am
This is beneath any thing I've heard lately,Boehner should be kicked out of politics and he can take the rest of the GOP's with him.

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 4:30 am
Boehner should be fired today, I hope!!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 6:28 am
Kind of them to promise to vote on this issue by the 15th January and it seems it will take longer to become effective, as the Senate will have to vote again as well. I wonder how they would go being in the situation of Sandy's victims for so long. It would be so good for them. They could possibly turn into decent human beings.

Hayley C (7)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 9:01 am

Arielle S (313)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 9:55 am
We need more of this kind of outrage - maybe Congress would actually do something positive for a change.

. (0)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 9:57 am
That's because most of the benefit concerts and handouts went to the wealthy and upper middle class neighborhoods. These are the poor so they don't count.

Claudia O (73)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 1:02 pm
We Americans take care of each other during disasters! This action or inaction of Boehner should NOT stand.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 1:59 pm
Thanks Cal--interesting comments.

. (0)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 2:33 pm
Thank goodness there are still intelligent people in government who saw the inhumanity not to vote immediately on this bill. For those of you who do not live in the NJ/NY area, most of NJ's coast line looks like a war zone.
Christie "says" the shore will be up and running by July. For the most part, this is a lie.

Natalie V (27)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 2:49 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 4:57 pm
This is the 1st time in the history of Congress that they've denied funding for an emergency....unprecedented. There is no shame....just finger pointing and excuses. Those congressional phone lines should be jammed.

Dianna M (16)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 5:39 pm
No surprise, the GOP has been bit--uh, complaining about disaster relief for some time. In 2005, Tom DeLay was criticized for wanting to fund relief for Hurricane Katrina victims by "adding to the deficit." And wasn't Senator Mary Landrieu was called a prostitute because she wrangled in $100 million in aid to Louisiana in exchange for her vote that moved the health-care reform package forward in the Senate?--which is how things work in Washington, I'm told. A "prostitute"--for doing what she had to do to get disaster relief for her constituents!

John B (185)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 7:01 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article. Just got an email form Working Families Party with an update. The Speaker has scheduled a vote for tomorrow but the bill being offered will only be 1/6th of the amount the Senate passed. Here is a link to a petition asking the Speaker to pass a clean relief bill -- no delays, no offsets, no cuts -- and get New Yorkers the relief they need now.
Read and noted

James Maynard (84)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 8:56 pm
Mr. Boehner is an inept, incompetent leader and
should seek the advice of Mrs. Pelosi.

Richard B (6)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 11:57 pm
Is this the same Congress that was the subject of a lawsuit in the "Walker versus Members of Congress" case, to discover whether Congress was required to obey the Constitution? The same constitution that applies to the rest of us? Is Congress above the Constitution? Find out the surprising answer at

Richard B (6)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:08 am
Elected officials that betray their office oath get a penalty of being booted out of office and get a year's jail sentence.

Richard B (6)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:16 am
This is from the Russia Today website. Certainly an interesting turnaround from the cold war propaganda days, now when you need unbiased truth (at least in certain matters), that you have to go to " the Russians" to get it.

Richard B (6)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:24 am
Federal Criminal Penalty for Violation of Oath of Office

Federal criminal law is explicit and direct regarding a violation of oath of office by federal officials which includes all members of Congress. The law requires the removal of the office holder as well a prison term or fine for the offender.

18 U.S.C. 1918:

“Whoever violates the provisions of section 7311 of title 5 that an individual may not accept or hold a position in the Government of the United States or the government of the District of Columbia if he advocates the overthrow of our constitutional form of government [and] shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year and a day or both.”

Richard B (6)
Friday January 4, 2013, 12:29 am
This would be the perfect time for a Congress clean-up. Remove those career politicians while outrage is high..

Sheryl G (360)
Friday January 4, 2013, 7:26 am
Yet Boehner was voted in again to be Speaker.....:( So much for outrage. And the few that did cast a vote towards someone else, picked a worse someone else, like Allen West of Florida. Oh pleeeze.

Is so easy for someone to say, wait a few more weeks when they are all warm and comfy in their homes, eating well, and have a job. But two more weeks for someone living in a shelter, sleeping on a friends sofa, waiting for their employer to be able to reopen their business, or the small business owner who is about ready to loose their business due to the delay.

The well to do have the monies in the bank to begin to fix things while they wait for insurance to pay out, the big Corporations can fix the roof, mop out the building and replace the sheetrock while they wait for disaster aid or the insurance to pay out, but for many who either don't have insurance or limited insurance, for those who have little resources to lean on, the delays are devastating.


Melania P (122)
Friday January 4, 2013, 6:26 pm
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