Battles Over Sandy Relief, Gun Control Laws Brew in Washington

David Kerley, George Stephanopoulos track the latest political news.
4:27 | 01/13/13

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Now to allegations of hypocrisy and absurdity as the recovery from super storm becomes a political football. They'll vote on relief money but politicians from the northeast are outraged that republicans want to give them much less than they're asking for. Abc's david kerley is at the white house this morning. Reporter: Not so fast is what some republicans are saying so for the third time we'll hear heated words from northeast lawmakers when this comes up in the house of representatives. So bad. Reporter:2 1/2 months and the victims of sandy and their representatives have had enough. They have suffered long enough. They need to hear from their government. Reporter: They are helping, but in chunks. Congress passed more than $9 billion if aid a week ago. But the states and the president have asked for another $50 billion. Instead the house plan calls for just $17 billion for what it calls emergency aid. Absurd. Absolutely absurd. We demand nothing less than we have given the rest of the country. Reporter: And surprisingly some republicans who have oppo opposed sandy aid are from hurricane regions. One from mississippi called for more help for katrina relief but opposed sandy relief making him a target for securing. Many of my constituents are still dealing with the effects of hurricane katrina. Let's pretend instead of yours it's someone else's in new york and instead of seven months later it's two years later. Reporter: We sent them there to do the work for us, not to sit down there and play with each other. Reporter: But republicans want specifics. We asked christie's office three times to explain their request. Nearly $5 billion for housing. Is that temporary housing, rebuilding homes or loans? And $700 million for individual assistance. Is that food, rent, actual payments or loans? Christie's office has not answered any of those questions. Still haven't heard from him either. The house is back tomorrow night. This bill will be debated on tuesday and, dan and delegate, we expect the vote to happen wednesday. Keep pushing for answers. Thank you, david. Sandy relief, just one of many big fights brewing in congress. The looming and unpleasant sequel to the fiscal cliff. Here the forecast, the host of abc's "this week," george stephanopoulos who knows everything and can see the future too. The vice president will submit his proposal for post-newtown gun control on tuesday we believe. It seems to be coalescing around cracking down on high-capacity magazines and beefing up background checks on gun buyers. Can the administration muscle those twohings through. The white house says they will continue to push the weapons assault ban but know they won't get it through. They do believe they can create a consensus particularly around this idea of background checks, universal background checks and nra not backing down which is white house the will look at executive orders this he can act on on their own. More data sharing for where sales are coming from and see people like senator chuck schumer and call for voluntary, big retailers to voluntary suspend any sales of assault weapons while this is being debated. But, dan, you look since newtown and the two months since then there's been a huge spike in the sale of assault weapons over the debate of whether or not to ban them. The debt ceiling and paul krugman has been advocates an obscure proposal to mint a trillion dollar coin. The president is looking not to negotiate own the debt ceiling. The only option is for the congress to pass. No substitute for congressional action and see the republicans in the house are saying we're only going to increase the debt limit if indecembering the debt ceiling is met dollar or dollar for cuts. There doesn't appear to be away around it and there's more stalemate. George stephanopoulos, thanks for your reporting. Two powerhouse roundtables, "this week" coming up later right here on abc. George, thanks again.

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