PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s two U.S. representatives say they’re ‘‘astonished’’ the House won’t vote before the end of the 112th Congress on an aid bill to help states affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Reps. Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) and David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) on Wednesday cited what they called a lack of urgency from Speaker John Boehner to take up a recovery bill for New York, New Jersey and other affected states, including Rhode Island.
The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday. A vote had been expected in the House before Congress’ term ends Thursday at noon. Votes are now expected Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and on Jan. 15 for the remaining $51 billion.
Langevin’s office says it’s not yet clear how much aid Rhode Island stands to receive.