Yesterday, Sen. Bill Nelson held a press conference at the National Hurricane Center where he took House Republicans to task for cutting disaster money and holding it "hostage." Other Democrats have made similar statements.
Now House Speaker John Boehner responds on his web-page: "Many Americans are struggling to cope with Hurricane Irene, the earthquake on the East Coast, and other natural disasters. They deserve our help, not political games at their expense. But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from putting politics before the needs of families and small businesses impacted by these natural disasters by falsely claiming that Republicans are “holding emergency funds hostage.” The fact is the Republican-led House has passed legislation to provide additional funding to replenish FEMA’s disaster relief fund; the Democrat-controlled Senate has not yet acted on this or any bill to do so."
Obviously, someone's spinning here. Or both sides are.