Obama, NY and NJ lawmakers press for Sandy aid

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 (BAY'-nur) 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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