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GOP Rep. Says Boehner ‘Put A Knife In The Back Of New Yorkers’ By Blocking Vote On Sandy Relief

12:19 pm - 01/02/2013
GOP Rep. Says Boehner ‘Put A Knife In The Back Of New Yorkers’ By Blocking Vote On Sandy Relief

A furious Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took aim at his own party in a Fox News interview Wednesday, a day after House GOP leaders broke their promise to hold a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill. King said the decision by the House Republican leadership to scrap a planned vote on a multi- billion aid package amounted to a “knife in the back” of those hit hardest by the bill. The Senate had approved a $60.4 billion aid bill last Friday, but the House move appeared to scuttle any chance of a bill before the new Congress begins Thursday.

King said that after the move, he feels no obligation to vote with his leadership and suggested that East Coast residents who contribute to the GOP are insane. King complained that Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor reneged on their promise to hold a vote on the package, without explanation:

In his explanation of the events of Tuesday night, he noted that neither Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) nor Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) offered any explanation for the broken promise:

KING: No one even told us, the Speaker walked off the floor, told an aide to the Majority Leader that the Congress was finished. There were no votes and they come back and told us. Listen, I’m not taking this as personal offense. I’m talking about the thousands of people in my district, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the New York-New Jersey area. Within 10 days after Katrina, $60 billion was appropriated. Nine weeks after Sandy, not one penny has been appropriated. And let me just make this one point. These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars. They’re in New York all the time filling pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their mind. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans, it was an absolute disgrace. …

Why the Republican party has bias against New York, this bias against New Jersey, this bias against the Northeast. They wonder why they’re becoming minority party. Why we’ll be party of the permanent minority. What they did last night was so immoral, so disgraceful, so irresponsible. They’re supposed to be the party of family values. And you have families that are starving, families that are suffering, families that are spread all over living in substandard housing. This was a disgrace. They are inexcusable. And they have had it. As far as I’m concerned I’m on my own. They’re going to have to go a long way to get my vote on anything.

Watch the interview:

King noted that while national Republicans were all-too-happy to put Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) out as a surrogate during the 2012 campaign, with this move they “knifed him in the back.”

In a separate interview on CNN, he added that Boehner refused to meet with him and yelled at Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), “I’m not going to meet with you people.”

A fellow New York Republican, Rep. Michael Grimm, echoed King’s remarks, calling the leadership’s move a “personal betrayal,” and noting that “the people of this country that have been devastated are looking at this as a betrayal by the Congress and by the nation, and that is just untenable and unforgivable.”

UPDATE: In a joint statement, Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) blasted the “dereliction of duty” by the House Republican leadership, writing “inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night.” In a his own statement, President Barack Obama urged Boehner and Cantor to “bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans.”


OP: I probably shouldn't admit it but I loved his rant. It's almost surreal coming from a republican.
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mercystars 2nd-Jan-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
always so amazing when these people are legit surprised that their own party would screw them over
the_gabih 3rd-Jan-2013 02:27 am (UTC)
sio 2nd-Jan-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Chris Christie is pissed too. not that i blame him one iota.

who does these fuckwits think they are anyway?
missjersey 2nd-Jan-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Well, he's a hard Republican but he cares about his people. When Sandy hit he put party issues aside and gladly worked with the president. For him this isn't about red and blue, it's about getting help for those in need.
shadwrayvn 2nd-Jan-2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
Wow I am sad for the people this will effect but hahaha on them actually calling out other Republicans!
lovelokest 2nd-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
*makes popcorn*

*watches Republican party implode with glee*

On a more serious note, there has to be a point where areas of the country are not divided into "red" and "blue" states. We're united and it's kinda in the name of our country. I'd like to think a natural disaster as one of those points, silly me for optimistically thinking that.
moonshaz 3rd-Jan-2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Or to quote our POTUS:

"There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there's the United States of America."
aviv_b 2nd-Jan-2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Pffft. It's only the 98% who got hurt so really, who cares? (One guess who doesn't).
missjersey 2nd-Jan-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
What the actual FUCK.

There are so many people I know who got affected. Like, I truly do not understand this party. People's houses and lives got destroyed? Oh well, fuck them. That's what they're saying right now.

I can't.
very_veggie 2nd-Jan-2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
This is awful, but not really surprising. New spending?? We can't have any new spending! So what if it's for disaster relief??

So the only money that has gone to Sandy victims has come out of the FEMA budget (plus relief from private charities)?
donutsweeper 2nd-Jan-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Chris Christie's comments on Sandy relief

"Toxic, internal politics" indeed

jwaneeta 2nd-Jan-2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
I love it when he gets his outrage on. It's mesmerizing.
baka_tenshi 2nd-Jan-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
what the fuck?

and then, i keep trying to understand why a friend of mine here in jersey still supports republicans and even goes as far to say that george bush responded right away to katrina.

the cognitive dissonance is just astounding.
hinoema 3rd-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
At his point, I think it's a desperate attempt to avoid admitting how far astray they've been led and how wrong they are. They just need to accept that they've been lied to and used and move on- and vote for better people, FFS. Quit believing everything the Faux machine tells them. Think.

Edited at 2013-01-03 04:50 am (UTC)
jwaneeta 2nd-Jan-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
From CNN:

"Conservative activist groups such as Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action all pressured congressional Republicans to vote against Hurricane Sandy relief [...]"

Just breathtaking bastardry. Wow. The GOP leadership is insane.
baka_tenshi 2nd-Jan-2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
there are no words. holy shit.
one_hoopy_frood 2nd-Jan-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Fuck the House.
tabaqui 3rd-Jan-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
It's amusing to see them hoisted by their own petard, it's also quite grotesque, and certainly not amusing to the people in dire need.

Perhaps now the GOP will begin to understand why some of us on the 'other side' hold them in such contempt, and maybe this will get them to reconsider their efforts to block and nullify the President at ever turn.
cher_arlequin 3rd-Jan-2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Boehner and Cantor continue to be the scummiest of scumbags, news at 11.
schexyschteve 3rd-Jan-2013 12:30 am (UTC)
What the hell are the House Republicans doing? Between this and the VAWA, I don't get it.
ook 3rd-Jan-2013 12:44 am (UTC)
Congress set aside 64 billion within TEN days for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2005. WTF is the problem this time? It's so ridiculous!
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