Boehner Kills Sandy Relief Bill After Cantor All but Promised It Would Pass
House Speaker John Boehner killed a $60 billion package to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy, a GOP leadership aide–likely from Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office–told Politico late Tuesday.
“Speaker Boehner made the decision not to proceed this Congress” on Sandy victim aid, Politico’s Seung Min Kim reported a GOP leadership aide told her.
The reason it appears Min Kim’s quote comes from a Cantor aide is because it was reported a half hour after the Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery said that Boehner’s spokesman was referring “questions about Sandy aid bill to Cantor’s office.” When reporters quote a “GOP leadership aide,” they are typically quoting an aide in either the Speaker’s or Majority Leader’s offices.
CBS News reports that “House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters that just before Tuesday evening’s vote on fiscal cliff legislation, Cantor told him that he was ‘99.9 percent confident that this bill would be on the floor, and that’s what he wanted.’”