Tomorrow's vote covers only 15 percent of the rescue package. The rest is set for a vote on Jan. 15. In Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lashed out at the Congress Wednesday for reneging on a promise to pass the Superstorm relief package late Tuesday night.
The U.S. Senate approved a more than $60 billion measure Friday to help with storm recovery.
"That Congress was supposed to pass a supplemental that helped families that were hurt in a disaster. That's what they were supposed to do. That's what they said they would do. And time matters."
But the relief money got caught up in the last minute fiscal cliff deal, the hour got late, and at the last minute, Cuomo said, "…they reneged. I believe it's a dereliction of duty, and to leave New York and New Jersey and thousands of people thousands of people in this holiday season on their own and abandoned was wrong and disgraceful."
Cuomo said government aid has played a key role when natural disasters strike: "It's not just a nice neighborly thing to do in the spirit of community…also, pragmatically, practically, it's intelligent because the region recovers faster."