Peter T. King is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who recently criticized and accused the members of his own party, the Republicans, of not supporting the victims of Hurricane Sandy. He went so far as to say that they are ‘sticking a knife in the back of the New Yorkers and New Jerseyans.’
So infuriated was he at the whole situation that he became quite emotional in an interview on America’s Newsroom Wednesday.
King blasted John Boehner in his speech saying that he was the one to turn his back on the Republicans. He said that Boehner did not fulfill his duty as a leader and the decision made was a betrayal for not just the Republicans, but all Americans.
King strongly condemned the action taken by the leaders of his party saying that it was a bias against the people of New Jersey and New York. He claimed that millions of dollars are raised each year from these two cities and to delay their aid would be a shameful act. Earlier, New Jersey mayor Chris Christie was also disgruntled at Boehner’s stance and made sure he spoke his mind.
In an emotional interview, King also said that at one point that Boehner refused to even speak to the Republican lawmakers from hurricane-stricken areas, emphasizing the harshness of the decision.
King added that they were told that the bill was ready to be passed and that everything was planned and ready to be executed. When that didn’t happen it felt like a cruel knife in the back. He slammed his fellow Republicans in support of the people waiting for relief and aid.
Both Democrats and Republicans are furious with the House’s decision to put off the proposed $60 billion recovery bill for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, half of which would roughly cover the immediate needs of the people.
It has been more than sixty days since superstorm Sandy struck and devastated many parts of New York, one of the most populous cities of the United States of America as well as one of the most revenue-generating cities.
The decision to delay the relief bill has created a stir in the country’s politics. Peter King also talked about how the Republican Party has created a very uncomfortable situation for itself and that no one, at least from the hurricane-hit areas, would ever vote for them again. He distanced himself from the Republicans and said that was ‘independent’ and that his party should not expect any support from him on other votes after this episode.
And after a day of scorn and criticism House Speaker John Boehner told New Jersey and New York lawmakers that the GOP-led House will vote on Friday for the hurricane-struck areas to provide food and shelter. Furthermore, talks on passing the relief bill will probably held on January 15, 2013.