House shelves vote on $60B Sandy aid package

President Obama has urged  the House to vote

President Obama has urged the House to vote "without delay to help our fellow Americans." (1/2/13)

WASHINGTON - Brooklyn residents still recovering from Superstorm Sandy will have to wait even longer to receive federal aid after leadership in the House of Representatives canceled a vote on a massive aid package last night.

The Senate approved a measure on Friday that included more than $60 billion in aid, but the GOP leadership in the House decided to allow the current term of Congress to end, forcing a restart on the entire process. House Speaker John Boehner's decision to shelf the measure essentially delays the aid vote for several weeks.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) says she can't understand why the House was unable to follow through on the package. She tells News 12 Brooklyn that she believes much more pressure needs to be applied to Boehner so that federal aid can reach Sandy victims.

President Barack Obama urged House Republicans this morning to act on Sandy aid "without delay for our fellow Americans."

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