Politicians blast Sandy aid delay; House promises Friday vote

A home is seen damaged from Hurricane Sandy in Lindenhurst, New York.

Politicians blasted the House of Representatives today for delaying a bill that would flood Sandy-affected areas with billions of dollars of aid.

The House was scheduled to consider a $60.4 billion package, already passed by the Senate, but abruptly cancelled the vote late Tuesday night.

New York politicians erupted in anger, saying people have waited too long already since the Oct. 29 storm and need funds to rebuild. Money would be allotted for everything from paying for subway repairs to repairing city infrastructure.

After the outrage, House Speaker John Boehner promised today that he wanted to push through the aid bill this month.

Republican Rep. Peter King said this afternoon the House will vote on $9 billion in federal assistance Friday.

Earlier, King told New York and New Jersey residents to stop donating to his own party, describing the delay as an “absolute disgrace.”

Valerie Close, a Rockaway resident who became an activist and organizer after Sandy, said she was disappointed by the Congressional delay. Her home only got power back a week ago, she added.    

“A lot of people were hoping that we would get some positive news from Congress to pass that bill, because we need to start rebuilding, we need to start helping people to return home,” she said.  “I think people are really disappointed that it’s on the back burner while people are still suffering.”

Even President Barack Obama joined the fray, demanding passage before the Congressional session ends at noon Thursday.

If the bill is not passed before the session ends, it would be tabled until the new Congress begins, restarting the legislative process.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the delay in a blistering string of criticisms today after an unrelated press conference.

“It was a disgrace,” he said. “It was a dereliction of duty. … To leave New York and New Jersey and thousands of people in this holiday season on their own and abandoned was wrong and disgraceful.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken to Twitter to blast the inaction, tweeting, “NJ and NY are tired of being treated like second class citizens.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Parenting

Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.