A vote on Sandy relief funds ‘promised’ by House leader

A New York lawmaker says House Speaker John Boehner has promised votes to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy by Jan. 15.

Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51 billion in the package. The votes will be taken by the new Congress that will be sworn in Thursday.

Boehner’s decision to cancel an expected vote Tuesday night had outraged lawmakers from New York, New Jersey and elsewhere, including many in his own party. Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey blasted the GOP House leadership. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Christie said the only group to blame for decision is the House’s GOP majority and Speaker John Boehner. Christie says the storm aid measure is not something you “play politics with” when people are suffering.

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