1:18 pm Jan. 4, 2013
Republicans like Pete King and Chris Christie may have been incensed at the House speaker's decision to delay a vote on a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package for the region.
But Michael Bloomberg, an independent who is broadly, and very regularly, critical of "Washington," has proven somewhat more understanding.
"You know, it's easy to go criticize," he said today, during his regular Friday morning radio show. "Running a legislature, as anybody who has ever done it will tell you, it is not easy."
Earlier this week, after pushing through an extremely contentious fiscal cliff deal, House Speaker John Boehner backed away from an earlier committment to bring the Hurricane Sandy relief bill up for a vote.
Boehner's surprise decision prompted a torrent of criticism from the region's Republicans, ultimately eliciting a promise from Boehner that he would prioritize the package in the next session.
Bloomberg stayed quiet. Today, he explained why.
"They just passed a big tax bill with a lot of dissension about no spending cuts, and I assume that the speaker thought it was not a good time at that night to bring up a $60 billion bill," said Bloomberg, adding, "Our job is not to yell and scream at people whose votes we're gonna need."
Bloomberg expressed confidence that the package would make it throught the House relatively soon.
"Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor I've talked to it seems like thousands and thousands of times," he said. "Both assure me that the bill will come up. We believe there are the votes there to pass it."
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