Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, slammed his own party.
"The Republican Party has said it's the party of 'family values.' Last night, it turned its back on the most essential value of all, and that's to provide food, shelter, clothing and relief for people who have been hit by a natural disaster," King said in an interview with CNN.
King told CNN he chased Boehner "all over the House last night" and that Boehner had said everything would be taken care of after the vote on the fiscal cliff. But Boehner left.
"He wouldn't tell us why. He just decided to sneak off in the dark of night."
King called the House leadership's move a "knife in the back."
"Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined," King said. It's very rare for a lawmaker to call on anyone not to support his own party.
The No. 2 House Republican, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, had guaranteed a vote on the package, King said.