House Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.As a result, Congress is going to need to start all over:
The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours before New Jersey lawmakers were preparing for floor debate Wednesday as outlined under a strategy promoted by no less than Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
Absent a change of heart, the upshot now is that the Senate bill will die with this Congress on Thursday at noon. And the whole affair is sure to bring back memories of the famous Daily News headline in 1975—“Ford to City: Drop Dead.”Why did House Republicans refuse to move forward with the Hurricane Sandy aide package? The answer appears to be as simple as it is outrageous: John Boehner is more worried about hanging on to his job as Speaker of the House than delivering essential assistance to millions of Americans who were devastated by one of the worst storms ever to hit the United States.