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Campus Question – January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013

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Campus Question – January 2, 2013

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Today Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) excoriated House leaders for dropping a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, saying “I was offered assurances as late as last night at 9pm” that a vote would be held. After saying earlier that “Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican congressional campaign committee should have their head examined,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said he spoke with Speaker John Boehner and that House votes will be held for $60 billion in relief by January 15th. Can the Speaker stave off GOP political cannibalism?

  • NCrissieB

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  • addisnana

    Team builders and organization development folks will tell you that the quickest way to unite a group is to identify a common enemy. Apparently the politicians who represent areas hit by Sandy have found their common enemy.

    The rest of Republicans have found each other as enemies. To borrow a line from President Obama, “Please proceed…”

    This infighting is only entertaining until they put the welfare of the whole country into second place behind their bickering. Then it is despicable.

  • NCrissieB

    Frankly, I’m not sure. The Hill‘s Russell Berman reports that Speaker Boehner announced today that he will no longer attempt one-on-one negotiations with President Obama. If true, that’s a shameful indictment of the Speaker – who asked for the one-on-one talks this time – and it leaves the House pretty much cut out of future legislative discussions.

  • winterbanyan

    My short answer: I hope not. They have already promised a protracted fight in the next two months. How much worse if they are united.

  • That assumes that Boehner remains as Speaker. Given last night’s debacle, I don’t think that’s a sure thing. :roll:

    It’s just one more indicator of how incompetent the Republicans are these days. The disaster relief bill is a “gimme” vote, which should be non-controversial, a quick pass on voice vote to get it out of the way.

    One of the comments King made ought to send chills down the spines of some of these Republicans – that they’ve been able to find New York when they want money. Which means that the next time they’re looking for a nice fundraiser for their election campaigns, they’re likely to be out of luck if they’re looking in the places they normally do – like New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.