So did Cantor really pull the Sandy relief bill because he was pissed about the fiscal cliff deal? Because that's what it sounds like.—
Ben Jacobs (@benhjacobs) January 02, 2013
This is why normal people on both sides of the aisle hate Washington. The Hurricane Sandy relief bill that East Coast House Republicans were expecting to get passed tonight has been yanked. It appears that the legislation was victim of fiscal cliff bad blood between GOP House Speaker John Boehner and his erstwhile lieutenant, Eric Cantor.
Details of the reversal via 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 heart, the upshot now is that the Senate bill will die with this Congress on Thursday at noon.
Democrats are milking it:
The House adjourned to a chorus of boos…from the House itself:
Teardrops to fall in 3, 2, 1…