The men and women of the House of Representatives who decided to adjourn on Tuesday night without acting on a $60 billion superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill, prompted angry denunciations from members from the states hardest hit by the storm.
Many conservatives feel personally betrayed by the party that has become so fractured and divided. One has to wonder if any cohesion can come from the 112th Congress.
The current session of the House comes to an end officially on Wednesday after the new Congress elected in November gets sworn in. Legislation does not carry over from session to session, so consideration of an aid bill would have to start all over if and would not be considered until the 113th Congress, which convenes at noon on Thursday.
"We help each other," Representative Rush Holt, a Democrat of New Jersey, said on the House floor. "We always have ... There are thousands of people who are not going back to their homes. They deserve our help."