Mr. KING of New York. Mr. Speaker, tonight's action not to hold this vote on the supplemental is absolutely indefensible. There are thousands and thousands of people throughout Long Island, Rockaway, Staten Island and New Jersey and throughout the Northeast who are homeless tonight, who are without jobs, and who have lost their business. This is absolutely indefensible.
The fact is every bit of documentation that was required by the leadership of this House was provided by Governor Cuomo, Governor Christie, and Mayor Bloomberg. Everybody played by the rules, except tonight, when the rug was pulled out from under us--absolutely inexcusable, absolutely indefensible.
We have a moral obligation to hold this vote. The people who are out of their homes, the people who are cold, the people who are without food, and the people who have lost their jobs don't have the time to wait. We cannot just walk away from our responsibilities.