CNN Radio News Day: January 2, 2013
The remains of destroyed homes and businesses are viewed after Superstorm Sandy in the Rockaways on January 2, 2013 in the Queens borough of New York City.
January 2nd, 2013
04:29 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 2, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Congress may have managed to avoid sending the economy over the fiscal cliff, but in doing so, lawmakers created another controversy.  All the time spent over negotiating a deal left a bill aimed at helping victims of Hurricane Sandy in the lurch. There was no vote on the $60.4 billion aid package approved by the Senate. the slight angered Congressman Peter King of New York who blamed what he called , "dysfunctional"  Republican leadership for the lack of a vote in the House:

"I was chasing the Speaker all over the House floor last night, trying to talk to him and his staff...and then he was gone.  He refused to meet with us...he just decided to sneak off in the dark of night. "

The uproar among members of his own party forced House Speaker John Boehner into action.  Congressman King met with the speaker this afternoon and says Boehner has now promised a vote on $9 billion in Sandy disaster aid by this Friday and then another vote on the remaining $51 billion dollars in aid in two weeks. FULL POST