WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Fresh from taking their oath of office, members of the 113th Congress are scheduled to weigh in and smooth out some ruffled feathers today by casting a vote for billions of dollars in aid to Superstorm Sandy victims.
Some in his own party felt ignored by House Speaker John Boehner when Congress did not take up the measure during this week's focus on the Fiscal Cliff.
Members of the newly minted 113th Congress are expected to immediately get down to business. One of the first items is a $9 billion in immediate help for flood insurance to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Lawmakers representing storm ravaged areas were enraged this week when a vote on aid was scrapped. Rep. Peter King says, "The danger was this was not just a delay of one day what I was concerned at by being put push over to the new Congress, this could delay it for months."
House speaker John Boehner and other leaders also faced a firestorm of criticism from the likes of New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Christie says, "American deserves better, but just another example of a government that's forgotten who they are there to serve and why 66 days and counting shame on you. Shame on Congress."
More than two months since scenes of major damage emerged along the jersey shore, just north in Staten Island more images of destruction in the borough of Queens, New York.
After much wrangling, Speaker Boehner has assured lawmakers the house will weigh the balance of the $60 billion plan later this month. Boehner says, "It was a skirmish it was very important, as far as I'm concerned it's over with John Boehner and I have been friends before, hopefully we are friends again."
Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the remaining $51 billion in aid for Superstorm Sandy victims on Tuesday, Jan. 15.