House Speaker John Boehner Punts On Sandy Relief Legislation

Source: Lauren Fox / U.S. News & World Report

The fiscal cliff may have been averted Tuesday, but the next political fight was waiting in the wings and exploded just minutes later when House Speaker John Boehner announced he’d postpone a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill until the 113th Congress was sworn in.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said he felt disgust over the speaker’s decision to skip voting on emergency relief legislation, which would have allocated money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Democratic leaders were blindsided by Boehner’s decision to punt the $60 billion relief bill until the 113th Congress.

The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support in December and was slated to get to the floor and easily pass before the clock ran out on the 112th Congress.

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