In early January there was a lot of stuff going on for the House of Representatives. For whatever reason they were expected to solve the fiscal problems their terrible decisions and political stubbornness caused, so they were
focusing on passing something to get the American people off of their backs. Sometime around the end of December the Senate passed a $60 billion relief package for victims of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, but since there was a lot of stuff going on the House didn’t really have time to look it over.
On January 2nd John “The Weirdest” Boehner took time to politely explain that he totally intended to pass the relief bill in Congress, but since the House was super busy he was going to wait until the 113th Congress began. His decision would mean that the Senate would have to draft and pass an entirely new bill for the 113th Congress, but since America is usually a pretty laid back guy he knew that he wouldn’t care.
Unfortunately Boehner wasn’t aware that America wasn’t as chill as he used to be. America had thrown away his beer can collection, got a haircut, and was expecting the rest of his friends on the Hill to shape up and follow suit.
It would be pretty unfair to claim that the Republican Party was solely responsible for the Sandy gaffe. Even though quite a few Republicans felt pretty “meh” about helping Sandy victims, Peter “I Hate Foreigners” King (R-NY) and famously Chris “The Adonis” Christie (R-NJ) were pretty disgusted at the lack of action from the Hill.
To be fair some members of the House probably thought that their lack of action wouldn’t be noticed. After all the country was sort of freaking out over the fiscal cliff, Obama’s re-election, and pop music loving teenage mothers, so they probably safely assumed that nobody would really care. Unfortunately the thousands of Sandy victims who were homeless, bankrupt, and generally destroyed by the storm weren’t distracted by pop culture noise because they were more concerned with survival. It literally took about a day for Boehner to say that he changed his mind and that they were going to vote on it soon.
After a few weeks of wondering why relief was taking so long, Barack Obama signed the Sandy relief bill into law on January 29th. New Jersey’s minority leader Steve “The Whiniest Liberal” Sweeney proposed a measure to appoint accountants and other officials to monitor the dispersal of the Sandy relief funds to ensure that they’re being used properly. As you can imagine people are upset about this, but that is a blog post/rant for another day.