New York area lawmakers: House GOP scraps vote on Sandy aid

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), left, and House Speaker Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), left, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) walk to a meeting with House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol. (Jan. 1, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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WASHINGTON - New York area-lawmakers in both parties are erupting in anger, saying the House Republican leadership has decided to let Congress adjourn without holding a vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

There is no immediate comment from either Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) or Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who sets the floor schedule.

In remarks on the House floor, Republican Rep. Peter King called the decision absolutely indefensible, while Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey said she felt betrayed.

The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the October storm that devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and nearby states. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress' term ends Thursday at noon.

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