NEW: "Why should we believe (Boehner) at all?" asks New York City Council speaker
Vote on the relief bill is a priority, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor say
President Obama: "Our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together"
"We're getting what New York and New Jersey need," Rep. King says
The promise of $60 billion can do a lot to calm outrage.
That point was underscored Wednesday, when House leaders met with irate representatives from New York and New Jersey who felt they had been ignored by House Speaker John Boehner when he scrapped a planned vote late Tuesday on a massive aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims.
“We’re getting what New York and New Jersey need, and that’s all that counts,” Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told reporters after emerging from a 20-minute meeting with Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “We’re all big boys; we understand that all that counts is the bottom line.”
A vote on $9 billion for immediate aid is now set for Friday, with the balance of $51 billion due for consideration January 15.