New York Times Congressional correspondent Jonathan Weisman addresses the clashes in Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
Jonathan Weisman: [Congress] almost couldn’t pass a hurricane relief bill. I don’t know if you remember, but Republican members of Congress for the northeast went on television and went to the House floor to denounce their fellow Republicans who they couldn’t believe were holding up a Disaster Relief Bill after a disaster of such magnitude. The Republican majority never really recovered from the showdown over [Hurricane] Sandy. Because at that point, that Sandy Relief Bill passed with a majority of Democrats voting for it and a minority or Republicans voting for it, and at that point conservatives in the House said, “No more, you are not going to let that happen, Mr. Boehner. Mr. Boehner you will only put bills on the floor that have the support of a majority of Republicans.” And once they made that demand he has not wavered from it.
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