Massive emergency spending bill hits Capitol Hill speed bump
A massive spending bill to deliver aid to communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy but weighed down with billions in pork spending hit a speed bump in the House Wednesday delaying its consideration until the next congressional session that begins Thursday.
The temporary delay by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) angered lawmakers from both parties representing New York and New Jersey where the storm struck in October.
A $60 billion bill passed the Senate Friday after numerous Republicans failed to get language passed to cut excessive spending. However, House appropriators managed to strip the funding bill to $27 billion, signaling the measure would not see passage before the session ends this week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency still has $4.3 billion to pay for recovery efforts until Congress works out the final details, and Boehner said he is committed to bringing the bill up for a vote this month.