President Barack Obama demanded on Wednesday that Republicans hold a vote on $60 billion in funding for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, which was set to be approved Tuesday night before House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) suddenly took the bill the table amid acrimonious talks on the nation’s fiscal situation.
“It has been only two months since Hurricane Sandy devastated communities across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as well as other eastern states,” Obama’s prepared statement explained. “Our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. And so, last month, working closely with the Governors of the affected states, I sent Congress an urgent request to support their efforts to rebuild and recover.”
The president added: “The Senate passed this request with bipartisan support. But the House of Representatives has refused to act, even as there are families and communities who still need our help to rebuild in the months and years ahead, and who also still need immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us.”
Boehner’s unexplained decision to delay a vote on Sandy relief efforts outraged Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who later said that he might actually quit the Republican Party in protest.
Come to the light, Mr. King. Leave the dark side.
Question, can we get what is left of the thuglican party labeled as a hate group?