On the heels of a polarizing political New Year's Day – which featured an agreement to stave off the Fiscal Cliff, but no such vote on Hurricane Sandy relief – on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" guest host Wolf Blitzer welcomed Christine Quinn for her reaction to Congress's progress:
"I was stunned, it's really unbelievable," said the New York City Council Speaker, referring to Speaker John Boehner and the House majority's refusal to allow a vote on aid for those impacted by the October storm that pounded much of the Eastern seaboard. "We have countless people in New York and New Jersey who've been devastated by this storm, and quite frankly, Speaker Boehner just told them to drop dead. And it's just outrageous."
Following a tremendous amount of public backlash – most notably from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Republican New York Congressman Peter King of Long Island – Boehner and Republican House leadership announced they will vote twice in the next two weeks – first on Friday, and then once again on January 15th – in an effort to do right by the Tri-State area. Quinn will believe it when she sees it:
"I'm not going to be satisfied until it's done. Really? Speaker Boehner, as I understand it, gave lots of Republicans, members of Congress, other leaders in this situation, assurances that this would happen before this Congress left. It didn't," exclaimed Quinn. "What message has Speaker Boehner sent here? That people who are the victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, things of that nature, natural disasters, that we become pawns in a political game?"
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Quinn goes on to suggest that any promises handed out to this point "have just been wiped away."
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