January 2nd, 2013
08:23 PM ET

Boehner about-face on Sandy aid, House to vote Friday on $9 billion relief proposal

On Tuesday, the House decided not take up a vote on a $60 billion Sandy relief measure that was approved by the Senate and supported by President Obama.

New York lawmakers from both sides of the aisle erupted in anger over House Speaker John Boehner closing out the 112th Congress without taking up the relief bill.

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, who represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that he felt betrayed.

"I feel it's a betrayal and an indefensible, an indefensible error in judgment on the Speaker's behalf," Grimm said.

Rep. Grimm: It's a surreal scene

The Rockaways and Breezy Point were some of the hardest hit areas in New York after hurricane Sandy. More than fifty percent of those in the Rockaways live below the poverty line and are still struggling.

Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) spoke on the House floor telling his colleagues Congress needs to act now on helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

"It is our obligation not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans to make sure we come to the aid of Americans." Meeks said," How can we at this critical point turn our backs on Americans"

Meeks: Queens needs help

OutFront tonight: Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY).

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