House Speaker John Boehner pledging to make a Sandy relief bill a priority in the new Congress after abruptly pulling a similar bill late Tuesday night right after the House passed the fiscal cliff deal. That move had politicians in the Northeast venting their anger including New Jersey's Outspoken Governor, Chris Christie. Boehner says lawmakers will vote Friday for a $9 billion measure leaving the balance of $51 billion due for consideration on January 15. This morning Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) joins “Starting Point” to discuss the long wait for Sandy aid bill and Boehner’s pledge.
Grimm says when it comes to voting on aid for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, “the bottom line is we just have to get this done.” He adds that he is “a New Yorker not some of the time but all of the time.”
Grimm says when the bill was abruptly pulled he was furious and he thought “everyone involved was absolutely beside themselves.” Still dealing with the damages of part of his district in Staten Island destroyed by the storm he adds “it is not acceptable even remotely to be playing games with the victims of this horrific Superstorm Sandy.” Grimm goes on to say, “We’re there now…we’re there. We’ll get it done.”
On Wednesday Grimm and other Republican leaders met with Boehner regarding the aid bill. Grimm says while the meeting went well he chose to “stay behind after the conference… to speak one-on-one with the Speaker and with the Leader and I had to shake his hand and look in his eyes and I needed the Speaker of the House to tell me personally that we were going to come through on this and we were going to have the vote on the full $60 billion.” Grimm adds he “got [Boehner’s] commitment and word as a man” and he feels comfortable with that.
. It’s a comforting start, but from my perspective congress needs to prioritize the people first, not their currency.
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