ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's disappointed that Congress failed to vote as expected on an aid package for damage from Superstorm Sandy, but he expects a vote soon.
Cuomo says Wednesday, hours after the House of Representatives failed to act on the package, that the House inaction is "inexcusable."
The U.S. Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday. The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee has drafted $27 billion measure for recovery from the late October storm that damaged or destroyed 305,000 housing units and more than 265,000 businesses in New York.
Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, says the state can't afford the government costs from the storm without federal aid.
King called the failure to vote in the House a "knife in the back" to New Yorkers.