House GOP Scraps Sandy Relief Bill

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 01:  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd L) leaves a House Republican Caucus meeting where members considered the legislation that is supposed to blunt the effects of the "fiscal cliff" during a rare New Year's Day session  January 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) negotiated the deal that produced The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which passed the Senate after midnight on New Year's Day.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    House Republicans on Tuesday nixed a bill that would have given billions in emergency relief to Hurricane Sandy victims, according to New York lawmakers. The bill was pulled by Speaker John Boehner, according to New York Republican Peter King, who called the decision “almost indefensible.” King, a longtime party faithful who chairs the powerful House Homeland Security Committee, threatened to leave the GOP on Wednesday morning. The Senate approved the $60.4 billion measure for Hurricane Sandy relief on Friday. President Obama joined in the chorus calling on the House to vote on the bill, issuing a statement saying, "When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to help those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same."

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