N.Y., N.J. lawmakers demand answers on Sandy aid bill
Outrage after House skips out on vote
- Duration 4:11
- Date Jan 2, 2013
Outrage after House skips out on vote
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War plans to call some anger in congress -- Jon Scott in for Shepard Smith.
Republican lawmakers are now promising a vote on aid for victims of super -- -- by January 15.
The senate has already passed a sixty billion dollar relief bill in the house was set to vote on a smaller 27 billion dollar version.
But house speaker John Boehner canceled that vote and oversight chair Darrell -- -- said the speaker really had no choice because of what New York lawmakers did.
Your two senators packed this with pork.
Had the opportunity to have a 27 to thirty billion dollar legitimate relief package packed it with pork and they dared us not to vote on it.
Republicans including New Jersey governor Chris Christie and New York congressman Peter King I denied that pork accusation but the debate is pretty much moot now.
Because it's a new congress begins tomorrow members will have to write a new -- from scratch delaying aid to all those still struggling to recover.
This morning lawmakers from new York and New Jersey blasted leaders for allowing that to happen.
It is most disgraceful action I've seen.
In this house in the twenty years I've been here this is not about.
People in congress this is about constituents whose lives were -- and we need to do the right thing and we need to do it now.
This afternoon members of the new York new York and New Jersey congressional delegations arrived at speaker -- office for a meeting.
And they emerged with assurances of two votes.
Nine billion dollars.
And what assurances Friday.
We -- on and then on January 15 the first full legislative days review additional 51 billion dollars.
Will be voted on that'll come to a total of six feet which was what -- total wasn't -- because people this week.
The lawmakers said they still disagreed with the speaker's decision to delay voting on the relief.
And so -- some new drama in Washington all just hours after lawmakers finally got together and approve the deal to prevent the fiscal cliff.
We have team fox coverage of today's developments -- Gerri Willis covering Wall Street.
Mike a manual on Capitol Hill but first to Shannon Bream live in Washington so Shannon.
Does this settle the matter.
-- on -- definitely some who need some convincing still including New Jersey governor Chris Christie who had this to say this afternoon.
When you sit around and you delay in the U assurances to people of these are going to be done and they're not that's not doing your job have some guts.
Put it up vote yes or no let's move on.
Following meeting with GOP house leaders today representatives from New Jersey in New York say they are convinced now that that vote is coming but.
It's not gonna happen until after the new congress is mourning tomorrow a vote on the bulk of the -- -- package is scheduled for the fifteenth but then.
And right back to the senate John earlier we were hearing a lot of talk of a split in the Republican leadership.
-- there's Longman speculation about tension between speaker John Boehner and majority leader Eric cancer it heated up again when the two split their votes on the fiscal cliff deal.
It talking about the see any bill today both Republicans and Democrats repeatedly said.
Boehner is the one who blocked -- measure from getting to a vote and it -- was working with them quote doing everything he can't get the measure passed.
Republican Pete king suggested Boehner -- -- -- to be speaking to each other but Kantor's office told me.
They continue to work together and -- cancer continues to support Boehner John so how does all of this affect speaker Boehner -- political future.
Well -- the full house will vote for the speaker in earlier today there were rumblings from some Republicans still smarting about the C and the issue.
Representative Michael Graham from New York was one of them he said he might abstain tomorrow rather -- cast his vote for -- clearly incensed about the lack of the vote on the safety issue how ever.
By the time that he and other members from New Jersey new York and wrapped up that afternoon meeting with Boehner and cantor.
-- was on the record along with Republican Pete king whose boat had also been question.
Say they do plan to vote for Boehner tomorrow it would take -- significant GOP defection to cost Boehner speakers -- the wallets not impossible.
It is highly unlikely -- -- -- agreement Washington action.