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Grimm, King will vote for Boehner

Update 3:36 p.m.: After meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Reps. Michael Grimm and Peter King, both New York Republicans, say they will vote for the speaker. The House will vote Friday on Sandy aid. 

Two congressmen who are angry with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for not bringing a Hurricane Sandy aid package up for a vote say they might abstain from Thursday's vote to re-elect Boehner as speaker. 

Rep. Michael Grimm (D-N.Y.) is "certainly weighing that option," spokeswoman Carol Danko said. 

King told CNN that he will decide on this -- and every future vote -- at the last minute. "As far as I'm concerned, my world turned upside down last night, so I am right now holding every vote in abeyance," he said. 

Both congressmen have said they feel betrayed by Boehner over the delay in federal aid. The speaker will meet this afternoon with lawmakers from New Jersey and New York.

But Grimm also owes Boehner -- the Republican leader stood by him throughout a campaign finance scandal this past year, continuing to raise money for the Staten Island lawmaker despite the investigation

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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