NYC mayor: I'm still optimistic on Sandy aid bill

NYC mayor: Despite House inaction, I'm still optimistic Sandy aid package will pass

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some New York and New Jersey politicians have been fuming over the House's failure to vote on a multibillion-dollar Superstorm Sandy aid proposal. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's not criticizing Congress for now.

Bloomberg said Wednesday he was disappointed at the development. But he says he's optimistic the measure will ultimately pass. He says it's not his place "to second-guess how you run a legislative body."

House Speaker John Boehner postponed a vote on the matter Tuesday, sparking an uproar from metro-area Republicans and Democrats alike. The current Congress is now expected to end its term Thursday without voting on the package.

Boehner's spokesman says he's committed to getting it passed this month.

Bloomberg says as long as the city gets an appropriate sum, "all's well that ends well."

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