Republican Lawmaker: Stop Donating to GOP Party

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 2 2013 11:43 AM

GOP's Peter King Unloads On Own Party After It Punts on Sandy Aid Package

Rep. Peter King unloaded on his GOP leaders today after they failed to take up an aid package for areas hit by Superstorm Sandy

Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images.

The House packed up last night after signing off on the Senate's fiscal-cliff deal but before they held a vote on an emergency supplemental disaster aid package for those areas hit the hardest by Superstorm Sandy. That left New York lawmakers on both sides of the aisle fuming, but perhaps none more so than Republican Rep. Peter King.

"These Republicans have no problem finding New York when they’re out raising millions of dollars," King said this morning during a Fox News interview. "They’re in New York all the time filling their pockets with money from New Yorkers. I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace."


The Senate approved its own $60-billion Sandy aide package on Friday. The House was expected to hold a vote on its version of the bill (which is a little less than half the size of the upper chamber's) last night but GOP leaders never brought it up for a vote. Until they do, King suggested he'll do his best to cause as many headaches for his own party's leaders as he can. "As far as I’m concerned, I’m on my own," he said. "They’re going to have to go a long way to get my vote on anything."

If the House doesn't pass an aid package before the next Congress is seated tomorrow, lawmakers would have to start largely from scratch on the bill, something that would likely mean a lengthy delay before New York, New Jersey and other areas see the federal aid they want. [Weigel has more on why some in the GOP are opposed to the deal here.]

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.


Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PM The Self-Made Man The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 29 2014 3:10 PM The Lonely Teetotaler Prudie counsels a letter writer who doesn’t drink alcohol—and is constantly harassed by others for it.
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
Future Tense
Sept. 29 2014 11:56 PM Innovation Starvation, the Next Generation Humankind has lots of great ideas for the future. We need people to carry them out.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 29 2014 11:32 PM The Daydream Disorder Is sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.