Christmas ornaments amongst the remains of homes destroyed by fire during Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point area of New York's borough of Queens. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

As lawmakers reluctantly head back to Washington to attempt a deal on the "fiscal cliff," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has some other legislation he'd like them to consider.

"The members of the House will be in Washington this weekend and, while a fiscal cliff deal remains elusive, passing the Sandy aid package should not be a matter impacted, much less stalled, by the same partisan contention or parliamentary process," he said in a statement. "The whole nation is now watching to see whether or not they will be able to count on the House, as they have so many times before, when their time of need comes again." 

The White House has asked for $60.4 billion in aid to deal with the storm damage. A final vote on the package could come in the Senate later today; several amendments have already been approved

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has also been pressuring lawmakers to pass the package, a  bit more aggressively. 

"If the Congress can’t even help Americans who have had their homes and their lives destroyed by a natural disaster then they might as well just board the place up and close it down because they’re not doing any good for anybody and that’s on both parties,” he said last week