New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday went on a tirade against House leadership for failing to bring a Sandy relief bill to a vote, calling it “absolutely disgraceful” and “irresponsible.”
“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner,” he said in a press conference. Christie added that he called Boehner four times after 11 p.m. Tuesday evening, and never heard back.
Last week, the Senate passed a $60.4 billion aid bill that expired without a House vote before Thursday–the last day of the 112th Congress. The Appropriations Committee even went as far as to file a $27 billion bill to be voted on, but that bill will now die Thursday at noon when the 113th Congress is sworn in.
During Wednesday’s show, the Cyclists put this through the “Backspin.” According to co-host S.E. Cupp, Republicans wanted a “clean bill,” but co-host Toure pointed out how he thought the failure was disgusting and shameful. “Why do you go to Washington if not to support and help people who are in need of aid?” he asked.
In reaction to the backlash, Boehner said his “top priority” for this month will be getting a bill passed for Sandy relief through Congress. He is starting on Friday where a vote will be called for $9 billion in aid. A second vote on the remaining $51 billion will be held on Jan. 15, the first day of legislative action for the 113th Congress.
But before then, once sworn in the 113th Congress will hold a vote on whether Boehner will keep his job as speaker of the House. Will the Sandy Relief Bill come back to haunt Boehner? Or as co-host Steve Kornacki predicted, will he be safe?