In the hangover of an averted fiscal cliff drop, Republicans and Democrats express vehement disappointment towards House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP members for delaying the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill.
The ultimate “do-nothing” congress
When President Truman, upset over the ineffectiveness of Congress, called it the “do-nothing” Congress, he had no idea just how stalled the legislative branch of our government can actually be. That 80th Congress passed 906 bills during its’ two-year incarnation.
As the 112th Congress of the United States officially ends, they have legislated a miserable 219 bills not counting the fiscal cliff bill. Among the bills that Congress did not pass was an aid package to help Americans who are struggling in the aftermath of super-storm Hurricane Sandy, outraging leaders on both sides of the aisle.
Prominent Republicans, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have directly and vocally condemned the inaction from their fellow Republicans in the House, naming Speaker Boehner explicitly. GOP Representative Peter King (NY) had this to say:
“I'm saying that anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined”
The bill, which has broad support in the House would provide desperately needed aid, that helps replenish FEMA among other vital support.