Who’s to blame on slow progress with Sandy relief bill?
Jehmu Greene and Thomas Basile on the impact this delay could have on Capitol Hill
- Duration 8:55
- Date Jan 3, 2013
Jehmu Greene and Thomas Basile on the impact this delay could have on Capitol Hill
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My god when it comes to caring for people.
-- -- new York New Jersey and Connecticut not just the United States but all over the world.
Can't there be some people who have compassion to know that.
These -- what god expects us to do that's why we say in god -- -- now -- no explanation.
The rug is pulled out.
From all of us but most of all our constituents.
This is a disaster you're on top of a disaster.
Hello and welcome to foxnews.com.
Alive and on the hunt.
Jonathan Hunt is not in today -- he will be back with us here's you next week.
I'm -- -- one of the correspondents here Fox News Channel so glad you're here with us and happy new year to -- Obviously opening up with those sound bite says Keyes is up in teases out.
For our first topic which is of course the hurricane sandy a relief efforts going underway and as you can tell there's not a lot of happy people.
About what's going on I want to introduce our guest here on set and we're gonna talk to us about the delay in the vote on super storm sandy aid.
That his angered so many both on the ground who are still victims.
And many of the GOP we've got Thomas facility of former executive director of the New York State Republican Party.
I got your name right you got excellent ING -- green former president of the women's media center and of course you know her as a Fox News contributor we see all the time and love to have you here on the panel.
Great to see you both happy new year to -- -- -- him.
Happy -- I you know it's not a happy new year for these folks still suffering I mean you know so much has happened since hurricane sandy.
Of course with those shootings in Connecticut and and all the rest that has happened.
But these people are still out there suffering -- there's this bill that has been delayed.
On the votes and a lot of people aren't happy northeast lawmakers are infuriated as we heard.
But you pointed out before we started this show that this bill that there's a delay on.
-- you can -- describe for people you know what some of the problems UC with the bill may be why.
There has been -- the delay in this because house speaker John Boehner.
On Wednesday set a January 15 vote on the super storms sandy relief bill.
After these in -- northeast politicians including.
A governor Chris Christie New Jersey a fellow Republican a blasted the speaker for skipping action on disaster -- in the final hours of the current congress so.
These people are waiting for help they need help they are expecting help they thought they were getting this help.
And now there's a delay on the vote of how this money is gonna comment but they really weren't gonna get -- Hope to begin with some -- and we all feel for the folks who who.
-- were affected by hurricane sandy.
But the fact of the matter is that the senate draft of the bill and it was it was spearheaded by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand -- senate spearheaded the bill.
That was sixty billion dollars the vast majority of it had absolutely nothing to do.
With sandy aid and even though it was branded as an emergency bill less than 15%.
Of that need was actually going to be spends.
For seeing the victims -- when he thirteen.
This is a bad piece of legislation and so what that the speaker is doing now is they're going to split it out they're gonna have to separate votes.
They're gonna take the stuff the -- hundreds of millions of dollars for.
The Smithsonian and for Alaskan fisheries and for everything else under the sun they're gonna split that off from the aid package which is really what we should be focusing on.
-- I think it's -- -- -- to delay the vote I think that I think it's a bad piece of legislation what I really would have liked to have seen -- instead of all those folks getting up and blasting.
-- the speak you're blasting this person or that person is actually writing a clean.
Bill to help with disaster relief this was not a clean bill this is a special interest give away.
Where 80% of the money wasn't even gonna end up going says sandy relief victims we should have a clean bill that bill should be voted on in the house and sent back to the senate so that people can get -- relief.
Right away not a year from now two years from now or some.
Sometime down the road giving you agree with that how this needs to be divvied up well I agree with governor Chris -- -- is not often I think.
Remarks that he made at the press conference.
Following the delay of the vote need to be played to every household in America need to be -- every elected official.
They need to have a conference especially on the GOP side and sit down and figure out how to finally started to get government working again.
I will take.
The opinions of Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo over you know I'm sorry.
I go -- all due respect you know.
Speaker Boehner had made a promise.
To these states that this bill was going to be voted on.
All of -- you know shenanigans of what's in the bill and it's not a good bill I feel like those are talking points after the fact to try to protect.
The house GOP and the other -- That they are in they have.
Simply forgotten their number one duty.
Of actually being public servants and are putting politics -- For help me.
Whether you're Democrat or Republican and this is where Christie said it's so eloquently.
It when it comes to disasters we -- all Americans this is about red states and Blue States and -- became politicized.
It's not politicize the mean here.
The speaker promised to -- to help these folks and what the senate Democrats send him.
Was a bill that didn't help these people waiting when you're talking about us -- you're talking without your talking about -- with Governor Christie with Governor Cuomo.
Days in advance thinking this was the last minute this isn't so now governor cracking me Governor Cuomo -- Governor Christie governor of animal.
Money he tried to reconstruct -- hell Hillary -- we're going to put it up.
And then he realized -- I've already upset many of the most conservatives this is exciting -- which.
Again they've been holding our country Kostis and now they -- -- this is the reason why we have a spending problem.
It's because we have progressives who don't think that a sixty billion dollar bill.
Deserves some analysis some sort of consideration.
That this is a bill that -- was passed as an emergency measure.
Were only 15%.
Of the expenditure was actually going to be used for emergency purposes.
Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie hammered one -- effort money that is going to -- able to help their constituency.
And this building -- and -- that -- the the number of days it took to get aid.
Two the folks in Florida after hurricane Andrew the folks in New Orleans and Mississippi in the gulf this state.
States how only -- it -- and verses like the 66 days that we're still passed for this bill will hear this this was alarming and should be -- something that every single American pays attention to this week congress is broken.
And it's broken because John Maynard does not happen to have any ability to lead his troops and it's broken because of that far.
Right ideological conservatives who Qaeda in 2010.
And feel like if it's their duty to destroy government's -- originated in the democratic senate.
This bill originated in the democratic senate.
And it became a full of pork in this big special interest give away and I agree -- of them.
There's no reason why it took congress.
And not Republicans or Democrats for congress together and you -- were called you know.
The upper house is controlled by then they pass a bill they head into the -- to the day that passes the bill.
Sixty days after hurricane.
Sandy you Europe they are part of an innocent they're -- again that.
Our government is being held hostage whether it's by a small number of senators.
In the US senate we need filibuster reform hopefully we're gonna see some of that in this new congress hopefully.
John -- either I mean I think it's just rumors about what's gonna happen with him I think he will maintain -- the speakership.
But he needs to get a hold.
Of his members he needs to take control and put them in line because something passed again.
Government is broken I don't know if you're one of those Republicans who.
It celebrates because you want government to be broken you want nothing to be legislated on you want nothing to be effective.
I don't know there -- many of your colleagues who filled -- -- talking about effectiveness and again there are pieces of legislation.
That if it's an emergency bill that's -- provide emergency aid to people who need it now.
Then why are we sitting here talking a -- piece of legislation were only 15% of the money.
Goes to those people and only a small percentage of it is actually spent -- calendar year Peter King aren't very strong tough for public and on from New York who do you as executive director of the new York Republican Party.
No I don't yeah I wanted to mention.