Jan 2, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(CNN) — The promise of $60 billion can do a lot to calm outrage.
That point was underscored Wednesday, when House leaders met with irate representatives from New York and New Jersey who felt they had been ignored by House Speaker John Boehner when he scrapped a planned vote late Tuesday on a massive aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims.
“We’re getting what New York and New Jersey need, and that’s all that counts,” Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told reporters after emerging from a 20-minute meeting with Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “We’re all big boys; we understand that all that counts is the bottom line.”
A vote on $9 billion for immediate aid is now set for Friday, with the balance of $51 billion due for consideration January 15.
For its part, the Senate plans to vote by unanimous consent on Friday on the $9 billion but is waiting to see what is in the larger package before announcing a plan for that, a Senate Democratic leadership aide said.
“On the second tranche, we will need to see more details before we decide how to proceed,” the aide said. “As the Senate has shown by passing our bipartisan bill, we consider getting aid to the victims of Sandy a superlative priority, but we need to know more about the contents of the bill before deciding on a path forward.”
Democrats were less mollified.
“While it would have been far better had they passed the Senate’s bill today, at least this provides a path to produce the needed $60 billion for New York and New Jersey by the end of the month,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, in a statement.
“It’s really unbelievable how Speaker Boehner and his party could just walk away,” said Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council. “To promise us a vote weeks from now? Why should we believe him at all? It’s just shocking.”