The Cliff and Sandy Bills

Thursday, January 03, 2013

(R-L) U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) speak to the media about the Sandy aid bill. (Alex Wong/Getty)

After a last-minute decision to not vote on the Sandy relief bill, followed by strong pushback from New York and New Jersey politicians, the House is scheduled to vote later this week on two separate pieces of legislation. Andrew Grossman of The Wall Street Journal and Molly Ball of The Atlantic discuss the politics and details of the bills -- plus the continuing fallout from the fiscal cliff negotiations.


Molly Ball and Andrew Grossman

Comments [11]

Uhmmm...wait a minute.

Aren't you whiners the same guys that voted/supported Mitt "FEMA is a communist plot" Romney??

If you hold your Glock by the barrel, it make a terrific hammer.

Get ta' work!!

Jan. 03 2013 12:59 PM

Alot of these people are the same right wingers who have contempt for european style cradle to grave nanny state. Now they come begging for the government for 6 billion with a b to fix all their problems.Whining hypocrites!

Jan. 03 2013 11:08 AM

These thrifty, anti-"entitlement" Republicans start sounding remarkably similar to "big-government" Democrats when they suddenly find themselves under water. Staten Island-Jersey Shore-Long Island-we-gotta-cut-spending-GOPer's need to PULL THEMSELVES UP BY THIER BOOTSTRAPS AND QUIT THIER DAMN WHINING!!!!


Jan. 03 2013 10:23 AM
John from NJ

There are things in this bill that will make things worse. It includes $5 Billion for the Army Corps - which is more than their entire operating budget for the whole year for the whole country. But worse, it allows the Army Corps to assess their own work, and then recommend the expensive fixes.

The Army Corps-built beaches of Monmouth County failed miserably, tens of thousands of residents were flooded as a result. The ACOE did not even have the good sense to build dunes. Allowing them to asses their own dune-decifient beaches, and then come right back and build them again is a huge mistake.

Jan. 03 2013 10:21 AM

I would like to build a new second home on the Jersey shore. Will FEMA cut me a check to purchase the land, build the house, and subsidize my insurance premiums?

Jan. 03 2013 10:21 AM

"It's not totally crazy". Is that that as close as we can get to acknowledging that a politician across the isle made a logical decision to proceed cautiously?

Jan. 03 2013 10:20 AM
Tom from Toronto

So Christie's little suck-up broman stunt with Obama pre-election is turning out to be hugely expensive to residents! Now to hear him whine, is just stomach-turning. This guy has no political acumen, no way he'll ever make President.

Jan. 03 2013 10:15 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Yes, Congress is better than that. were told.

The Blue states SHOULD pay more....they (YOU) vote for these unchecked spending programs, leftist spendthrifts and you should be willing to step up and pay for it.
As little Barry Obama would say, "it's only fair."

Jan. 03 2013 10:15 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Just throwing more people on a problem doesn't fix it, throwing more money on a problem (like education) doesn't fix it.

Jan. 03 2013 10:15 AM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Remember how angry the Reps were when Christie "embraced" Obama after Sandy? How much of the most recent debacle is simply payback? Don't tell me that Congress is better than that because it obviously isn't.

I hope that the NY Rep delegation will vote for someone other than Boehner for Speaker. But I don't expect it.

Jan. 03 2013 10:07 AM

bear in mind the blue states subsidize the red states

Jan. 03 2013 10:07 AM

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