SOUNDBITE: Rep. Steny Hoyer D- Maryland:
It was to my profound disappointment that I learned last night that the House would adjourn the 112th Congress without providing assistance to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
SOUNDBITE: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D) New york
There is no excuse for this, none. It is a betrayal of the people of those states, it is a betrayal of the people of the United States. It is a betrayal by the Speaker, personally of the members of this House not to permit a vote. I've never seen an action like it I hope I'll never see it again.
SOUNDBITE Rep. Michael Grimm - R New York
I don't often agree with my colleague that just spoke Mr. Nadler on a lot of substantive issues, but I have to agree with him today and that is not an easy thing for me to do because there was a betrayal and there was an error in judgement that is going to cost I think the trust of the American People.
Pete King - R New York
I consider myself a personal friend of John Boehner and John Boehner, personally, has been very helpful to me over the years and so it pains me to say this but the fact is the dismissive attitude that was shown last night toward New York, New Jersey and Connecticut typifies I believe a strain in the republican party and I know this is not the place to discuss politics but that politics seeps over into a governmental decision that was made.
New York lawmakers from both parties on Wednesday lashed out at the decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote on Hurricane Sandy aid in the current Congress, calling it a "betrayal."
Reps. Michael Grimm, a Republican, and Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, said in angry House floor remarks that while they did not agree on much, House Speaker John Boehner's decision would be a crushing blow to states battered by the late October storm.
"There was a betrayal," said Grimm.
The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the storm that devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and nearby states. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress' term ends Thursday at noon. An amendment for $33 billion in additional aid, partly to protect against future storms, was also being considered.
Grimm and Nadler were among several New York and New Jersey lawmakers who took to the House floor to complain about Boehner's move. The lawmakers said Boehner pulled the bill without talking to them.