Hurricane aid bill dies in Congress

The reason the GOP leadership dropped consideration of at least $27 billion in federal aid to Hurricane Sandy victims is obscure and unprecedented. Hill watchers are hard pressed to come up with a similar situation where money to go for the relief of natural disaster victims was held up in this manner. Politico: 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. 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.). Indeed the Appropriations Committee had gone so far as to file a $27 billion bill Tuesday together with an amendment to be offered by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) seeking an additional $33 billion to match the Senate passed package of last week. Absent a change of...(Read Full Post)