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Anger over lack of Sandy relief vote

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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.
   King said Boehner made the promise in a private meeting with lawmakers from affected states. King and others said they were now satisfied that the aid will be forthcoming.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The passage of a deal to avoid the `fiscal cliff' hasn't ended the rancor in Washington as the latest session of Congress comes to a close. But this time the anger is bipartisan.
   Republicans and Democrats from New York and New Jersey are ripping House Speaker John Boehner for pulling legislation on Hurricane Sandy aid, calling it a "betrayal." Reps. Michael Grimm, a Republican, and Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, said on the House floor this morning that Boehner's decision would be a crushing blow to the states battered by the October storm.
   President Barack Obama is weighing in too, calling for the House to vote on the bill today. In a written statement, Obama says many people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are trying to recover from the storm and need "immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us."
   New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo say the inaction a "dereliction of duty."
   The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the storm. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress' term ends Thursday at noon.

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