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SHOTLIST:SOURCE - POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington / January 1, 20131. SOUNDBITE: REP. STENY HOYER/(D) MARYLANDWe have millions of our fellow citizens who have been badly damaged by a storm called Sandy. Overwhelmingly, the United States Senate passed some relief. I can't remember a time when we had a very serious storm, tornado, fire, flood, where we did not act.2. SOUNDBITE: REP. JERROLD NADLER/(D) NEW YORKHurricane Sandy struck on October 29th. Eight, nine weeks ago. It's unprecedented that it should take so long. And yet we are now told that this house is going to adjourn, that even though the Senate voted the aid, we're going to do nothing?3. SOUNDBITE: REP. FRANK PALLONE/(D) NEW JERSEYMany of these towns are waiting for the money to come through to provide for municipal services, for emergency services. Many of them are completely broke.4. SOUNDBITE: Rep. Peter King/(R) New York"every bit of documentation that was required by the leadership of this house was provided by Governor Cuomo, Governor Christie, Mayor Bloomberg, everybody played by the rules. Except tonight, when the rug was pulled out from under us. Absolutely inexcusable, we have a moral obligation to hold this vote.5. SOUNDBITE: Rep. Gregory Meeks/(D) New YorkIt is our obligation, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans, to make sure we come to the aid of Americans. And that's why in this issue Democrats and Republicans have worked together in any kind of crisis, especially when it goes to natural disasters, we've always come together. How can we, at this critical point, turn our backs on Americans?STORYLINE:New York-area lawmakers in both parties erupted in anger after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said late Tuesday he was told by the office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia that Speaker John Boehner of Ohio had decided to abandon a vote this session. Cantor, who sets the House schedule, did not immediately comment. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters that just before Tuesday evening's vote on "fiscal cliff" legislation, Cantor told him that he was "99.9 percent confident that this bill would be on the floor, and that's what he wanted." A spokesman for Boehner, Michael Steel, said, "The speaker is committed to getting this bill passed this month." In remarks on the House floor, King called the decision "absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible. We cannot just walk away from our responsibilities." The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the October storm that devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and nearby states. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure, and a vote had been expected before Congress' term ends Thursday at noon. More than $2 billion in federal funds has been spent so far on relief efforts for 11 states and the District of Columbia struck by the storm, one of the worst ever to hit the Northeast. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund still has about $4.3 billion, enough to pay for recovery efforts into early spring, according to officials. The unspent FEMA money can only be used for emergency services, said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are receiving federal aid. Sandy was blamed for at least 120 deaths and battered coastline areas from North Carolina to Maine. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were the hardest hit states and suffered high winds, flooding and storm surges. The storm damaged or destroyed more than 72,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey. In New York, 305,000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and more than 265,000 businesses were affected. "This is an absolute disgrace and the speaker should hang his head in shame," said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. "I'm here tonight saying to myself for the first time that I'm not proud of the decision my team has made," said Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. "It is the wrong decision, and I' m going to be respectful and ask that the speaker reconsider his decision. Because it's not about politics, it's about human lives." "I truly feel betrayed this evening," said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y. "We need to be there for all those in need now after Hurricane Sandy," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said she didn't know whether a decision has been made and added: "We cannot leave here doing nothing. That would be a disgrace."(****END****)