Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief: "Only One Group To Blame For The Continued Suffering"

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    Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief: "Only One Group To Blame For The Continued Suffering"

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday said House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans are to blame for the "continued suffering" after superstorm Sandy.

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue," Christie said during a press conference. "National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night."
     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    Christie is a political superstar. His sincere anger at fellow Republicans here is gleefully admired.... By contrast, when he criticizes Democrats and crooked unions, leftist loons like AlleyCat will call him an angry fat loudmouth. 

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    Christie's criticism was spot on.  You can't walk away from flawed bill; you have to take the time and effort to fix it and not leave Americans hurting and in the lurch.  Boehner may have been suffering some battle fatigue over the fiscal cliff negotiations but there was no excuse for waking away from the relief bill.  Lock everyone in a room and freaking fix it.

    You'd think that the GOP learned from the election that the public isn't happy; well this has made the general public even less happy.  The chest beating TP crowd needs to learn how to become participatory and relevant vs. obstructionist and ranting.  Time for the GOP to rethink who they are and what they stand for, and for those TP'rs who talk about creating third party good luck at becoming more irrelevant.

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    In response to GreginMeffa's comment:

    Amazing that

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue,"


    equals blaming republicans and Boehner.

    Reading is fundamental



    Yes, AllyeCat's quote didn't follow the claim...............but the larger story is different.

    Christie is spot on by the way.

    New York (CNN) -- "It's why the American people hate Congress. Unlike the people in Congress, we have actual responsibilities."

     

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped a bomb on Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Congress for refusing to allow a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief in the final hours of the 112th Congress. It was an instant classic of principled political outrage. It provided a strong dose of what Washington has been missing: blunt, independent leadership.

     

    Christie prosecuted the case by pointing out that hurricane relief had been provided more quickly to others: For victims of Katrina after 10 days and victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida after 30 days. But residents of the New Jersey and New York coast have been waiting 65 days to date for some relief.

     

    Christie also accurately pointed out that Northeast states such as New Jersey and New York send more to the federal government in taxes than they get back in federal aid, unlike many of the red states represented by conservatives in Congress. The "makers versus takers" narratives fall apart fast when confronted with reality.

     

    Pulling no punches, Christie declared: "Last night, the House majority failed most basic test of leadership and they did so with callous disregard to the people of my state. ... It was disappointing and disgusting to watch." He also unapologetically named names: "There's only one group to blame ... the House majority, and their Speaker, John Boehner." He added that the relief bill "just could not overcome the toxic internal politics of the House majority."

     

    But Christie also took the high road in terms of decrying the overall atmosphere of hyperpartisanship in D.C., arguing correctly that "Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress ... this used to be something that was not political. Disaster relief was something that you didn't play games with."

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    In response to TFefio's comment:

    Too bad the greedy government is yet again lining a bill with fat goodies for itself. In a seance stealing from the citizens impacted by Sandy. Blame the present administration for that. Not the speaker of the house. 




    Blame the president for congress not taking up a bill?  Thats some pretzel logic there.

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

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    In response to AlleyCatBruin's comment:

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday said House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans are to blame for the "continued suffering" after superstorm Sandy.

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue," Christie said during a press conference. "National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night."




    I don't think you can read




     

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue," Christie said during a press conference. "National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night."

     


    I think it is you who cannot read. The meaning of the last sentence is clear.

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    In response to jmel's comment:

    In response to FaolanofEssex's comment:

    In response to GreginMeffa's comment:

    In response to AlleyCatBruin's comment:

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday said House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans are to blame for the "continued suffering" after superstorm Sandy.

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue," Christie said during a press conference. "National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night."




    I don't think you can read




     

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue," Christie said during a press conference. "National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night."

     


    I think it is you who cannot read. The meaning of the last sentence is clear.



    What`s "clear" about it?   Is it "clear" that the DEMOCRATS that control the Senate added $20 billion in pork to a $60 billion bill?  Or is it "clear" that the HoR decided not to vote on
    a bad bill full of tax payer dollars NOT going to victims of Sandy?



    Sandy relief bill is essential.

    Yes the Senate mucked it up.

    But that doesn't mean you can just decide not to vote on it; they should have cut the BS pork and voted on a modified bill and thrown it back to the Senate.

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    Lets face it. Boehner and the House couldn't hack it. They probably put in more hours on NY Day then they had all year. By the time they passed the fiscal cliff bill, Boehner was overdo for his drink and therefore to hell with the citizens and states who were affected by Sandy.

    Added to that, these are not dems protesting the actions of the GOP controlled house. These are members of the GOP party. That Jmel defends the indefensible tells me he must be one of those TPers.

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

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    In response to massmoderateJoe's comment:

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Wednesday said House Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans are to blame for the "continued suffering" after superstorm Sandy.

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue," Christie said during a press conference. "National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night."




    I don't think you can read




     

    "This is not a Republican or Democratic issue," Christie said during a press conference. "National disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night."

     


    I think it is you who cannot read. The meaning of the last sentence is clear.



    What`s "clear" about it?   Is it "clear" that the DEMOCRATS that control the Senate added $20 billion in pork to a $60 billion bill?  Or is it "clear" that the HoR decided not to vote on
    a bad bill full of tax payer dollars NOT going to victims of Sandy?



    Sandy relief bill is essential.

    Yes the Senate mucked it up.

    But that doesn't mean you can just decide not to vote on it; they should have cut the BS pork and voted on a modified bill and thrown it back to the Senate.



    What the heck do you think they`re doing?



    Boehner made a strategic error; he's only now acting on the bill because he got called out.  The bill should have been modified, sent to Seante and approved before today.

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    Are the righties kidding?  Christie was saying that relief from National Disasters is not a political issue.  But it was made a political issue by the Republican Controlled house.

    I've never seen a group of people so adept at twisting things around to fit their narrow and highly biased view of the world.  You are the political version of beavis and butthead snickering whenever they hear someone say a word with azz in it. 

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    Jan 2013:

    GOP Senator Roy Blunt on Hurricane Sandy Relief: “Sometimes when you ask for too much, you don’t get anything,” he said.

    But one year earlier, Roy Blunt happily accepted FEMA funds and bragged about it on his Senate website on Jan 4, 2012.

    JOPLIN, Mo. — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt announced the awarding of several grants from the FEMA and the U.S. DOT to aid in the ongoing disaster recovery efforts in Joplin and elsewhere in Missouri.

    “When a disaster surpasses the ability of states and communities to rebuild, I believe the federal government should prioritize spending to help the people whose lives and livelihoods are impacted,” Blunt said in a statement. “These grants will go a long way in assisting Missourians.”

    FEMA awarded more than $20 million to Mercy Health of Joplin to help rebuild the hospital at a new locationand nearly $2 million to help complete repairs to the Joplin High School grounds.

    The U.S. DOT awarded more than $18 million to the Missouri DOT for the road repairs that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters.

    FEMA also awarded almost $1.3 million to the Missouri National Guard to cover deployment cost due to declared emergencies.

    http://www.blunt.senate.gov/

    Joplin population 30,000

    NY/NJ/CT metropolitan area population 25 million

    With Compassionate Christian Coalition hypocrites like Roy Blunt in the United States Senate, who needs evil ?

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    In response to jmel's comment:

    Would you vote for a "relief bill" that contained this........?

    The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.

    An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.

    Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.

    Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”

    More:

    $58.8 million for forest restoration on private land.
    $197 million “to… protect coastal ecosystems and habitat impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
    $10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.
    $17 billion for wasteful Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a program that has become notorious for its use as a backdoor earmark program.


     C`mon guys.............you`re better than this.  Read the truth before you post nonsense. The Dems in the Senate are trying to use this disaster to grab more of your money.  Thank heaven the HoR chose to delay a vote and kick this back so that the money actually does go to NY and NJ where it belongs.



    JMEL is 100% correct.  They should only fix what was destroyed and not worry about preventing it from happening again.  Why budget money for improvements that would prevent another Sandy from flooding the subway system in NYC?  It's not like a lot of people use the Subway system in NYC.  It's not like a flooded subway system had a negative impact on the financial center of the nation and world.

    And why fix the Smithsonian's roof?  It's not like it houses our national treasurers or anything.

    Spending money on Forest restoration on private land is stupid.  It's not like trees were destroyed by Sandy or that forests have an impact on coastal erosion or anything.

    Let's just fix it in time for it to be destroyed by the next storm.

     
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    Re: Christie Blasts Boehner on Sandy Relief:

    "One person's pork is another person's chicken.  But they're both white meats."

     

     
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