Obama On Sandy Aid: President Urges House Republicans To Take Action

01/02/2013 12:20 pm ET | Updated Jan 05, 2013


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for House Republicans to vote Wednesday on Hurricane Sandy aid "without delay for our fellow Americans." It comes as New York lawmakers are lashing out at a decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote in the current Congress.

Obama says in a written statement that many people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are trying to recover from the storm and need "immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us."

The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the storm. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress' term ends Thursday at noon.

House Speaker John Boehner pulled the bill on Tuesday.

UPDATE: According to a White House pool report, Obama spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) today about the Sandy relief bill:

The President has spoken to Governor Christie today about the Sandy supplemental request pending in the House of Representatives, and the importance of its passage. The President’s team has been in close contact with Governor Cuomo’s staff as well today.

CORRECTION: The HuffPost update to this piece originally identified Gov. Christie as a Democrat. It's been updated to show he is a Republican. We regret the error.

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