Sandy Aid Bill Passed by Congress

Congress passed a $9.7 billion bill to help aid victims of Superstorm Sandy on Friday, Jan. 4.

The move is linked to the National Flood Insurance Program and comes on the heels of President Obama and the governors of New Jersey and New York asking Congress to act swiftly to pass legislation to assist the many victims from the storm.

Govs. Christie and Cuomo released this joint statement on Jan. 2:

“With all that New York and New Jersey and our millions of residents and small businesses have suffered and endured, this continued inaction and indifference by the House of Representatives is inexcusable. It has now been 66 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and 27 days since President Obama put forth a responsible aid proposal that passed with a bipartisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor. This failure to come to the aid of Americans following a severe and devastating natural disaster is unprecedented. The fact that days continue to go by while people suffer, families are out of their homes, and men and women remain jobless and struggling during these harsh winter months is a dereliction of duty. When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. That tradition was abandoned in the House last night.

The people of our states can no long afford to wait while politicians in Washington play games.”

Here is the joint statement the governors released after Congress passed the bill on Friday, Jan. 4:

“Today’s action by the House was a necessary and critical first step towards delivering aid to the people of New Jersey and New York. While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down payment and it is now time to go even further and pass the final and more complete, clean disaster aid bill. We are trusting Congress to act accordingly on January 15th and pass the final $51 billion instrumental for long-term rebuilding in order for New Jersey, New York and our people to recover after the severe devastation of Hurricane Sandy.”

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