By Geneva Sands - 04/05/13 02:15 PM EDT
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday he won't forgive or forget Congress' delay in helping New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.
"My relationship with Congress will never be the same again," he said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"They made us wait 90 to 100 days to get the most basic human aid that was required," he said. "It was absolutely disgraceful, and when I see these Republicans and we slap each other on the back, all this camaraderie, hey 'we're great friends,' all I know is there were people who were close to dying in my district and no one gave a damn."
When relief funding was being debated in Congress, some Republicans argued that the proposed legislation was filled with wasteful spending. Others wanted the money to be offset by spending cuts to the rest of the budget.
King called the argument that legislation contained spending for so-called pork projects, "phony."
"That is the phoniest argument. First of all, 99 percent of that bill was directed to Sandy victims. Secondly, the bill in the House was drawn by the House leadership. We had nothing to do with that," he said.
"It was absolutely wrong and disgraceful. Assume it's true, assuming that one to two percent of the money was misguided — I'm saying it wasn't — assume it was, do you let all these other people stay on the verge of death?" he said.
When asked if he could forgive and forget, King said, "no and I never will."
He also blasted members of Congress that voted against the funding bill and then traveled to New York to try to solicit campaign funds, specifically attacking Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
"By the way, guys like Marco Rubio in Florida and all the money that your people have gotten in Florida over the years from every hurricane that came along, and this guy has the nerve to vote against money for New York and then come up here and try to raise money. Forget it," he said.
King pointed out that he was using Rubio as an example, since he was the first Republican "out of the box" to try to raise money in New York.
"I doubt [Rubio] he'll put me on the ticket," joked King.