Republicans pledge to vote on Sandy this month

After getting planted by criticism over a decision to adjourn Congress without voting on a $60 billion aid package to states that were hit by Superstorm Sandy in October, Republican leadership in the House said votes will be held on Friday and later in the month for the package.

While it was a slap in the face to many in the Northeast, the decision to slow the process down will give Congress a chance to start behaving like lawmakers and servants of the people, instead of paid performers for special interests.

The so-called fiscal cliff deal that was passed this week contained numerous tax breaks for special interests, including NASCAR and the movie industry.

The bill to povide funds to help recover from Sandy appears to also contain funds for projects unrelated to the storm damage.

Rob Varnon