GOP Refuses Vote on Sandy Relief Package. New York Republican Blows Gasket.

January 2, 2013

If the climate deniers don’t give a flying fig about people who are freezing right now in New York and New Jersey, why do you think they’d give a damn about their grandchildren, or yours?

Above, Rep. Peter King has a lucid moment.

Talking Points Memo:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday said House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans are to blame for the “continued suffering” after superstorm Sandy.

“This is not a Republican or Democratic issue,” Christie said during a press conference in Trenton. “National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night.”

“This was the Speaker’s decision — his alone,” Christie said.

Christie also added that the supplemental funds, amounting to some $60 billion already passed by the Senate, “just could not overcome the toxic internal politics of the House majority.”

5 Responses to “GOP Refuses Vote on Sandy Relief Package. New York Republican Blows Gasket.”

  1. uknowispeaksense Says:


  2. Wes Says:

    Between what he says and what Christie said, it’s a sign of the old style GOP coming out of the closet. The Tea Party GOP will just hang everyone out to dry and the sane Republicans are not going to take it when it affects their state. Not because they’re suddenly compassionate, but because they know it’s political suicide. All my AZ GOP reps are tea partiers, all voted NO, and we will remember.

  3. andrewfez Says:

    Maybe someone from the GOP ran the numbers and figured out climate change will eventually destroy the US’s solvency (i.e. the US’s ability to pay back Treasury Note holders), pushing us into default, at some point in the future if the government keeps socializing costs of climate disasters (which will, most probably, continue to worsen over time)? Aside from a few characters, i’m sure most of those guys realize how dangerous climate change is, even if their public actions would suggest otherwise. Thus they have to set a precedent of limiting funds for disaster relief from here on out, otherwise bad things happen to the US debt, deficit, and debt holder confidence.

    We can pay the ‘carbon tax’ up front, like responsible adults, or we can pay several multiples of the equivalent of the tax in the back end. Ain’t no way out of paying the ‘tax’ though. However, as many on here have noted, the feed-in tariff idea seems to work better than a carbon tax or trade. Though i would imagine, the two schemes are not mutually exclusive; after all, doesn’t Germany et al. do both?

  4. Bryan Lagos Says:

    I thought that all the people who lost homes were rich people who lived by the ocean. Instead of buying insurance on their homes, they probably blew their money on SUVs and gasoline, and now they are leaving the taxpayers to pick up the tab. Passing that bill is just another way to socialize risk, while privatizing the profits. Tea-party Republicans wouldn’t stand for that (but Democrats and Republicans live for it).

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