President Barack Obama urged House Republicans to act on the Sandy relief bill "without delay for our fellow Americans" on Wednesday morning, according to the Associated Press.
Members of both parties criticized Speaker John Boehner late on Dec. 1 for halting a vote on the relief bill which would provide $60 billion in aid to states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, BuzzFeed reported.
New York Rep. Peter King, a Republican, was especially scathing in his criticism of the Republican leadership. Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday, he said, "These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars," according to Politico. "They’re in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers."
"I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace," said King.
As New York Magazine noted, if no vote occurred, the bill would have to be reintroduced and passed all over again once the new Congress was in session.
"I truly feel betrayed this evening," said New York Rep. Nita Lowey. "We can pass this bill tomorrow with bipartisan support," she said, according to NYMag.
"We cannot leave here doing nothing," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to BuzzFeed. "That would be a disgrace."
"The speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month," said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, according to BuzzFeed.
Watch Representatives express their outrage on the House floor: