House slammed for leaving Sandy victims high and dry on aid

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jan 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-02 13:16:25-05

(CNN) — President Obama called on the House Republican leadership to vote Wednesday on an aid package to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The House “has refused to act, even as there are families and communities who still need our help to rebuild in the months and years ahead, and who also still need immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us,” the president said in a statement.

“When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans.”

U.S. Rep. Peter King, Sen. Charles Schumer and other New York area politicians chimed in, disgusted with the House’s inaction.

The Senate did pass a 60 billion dollar measure but because new lawmakers have to be sworn in — the entire legislative process will restart Thursday.

(with WPIX)