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Rep. Grimm Urges Senate to Pass Superstorm Sandy Aid Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell urging the Senate to quickly pass the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R.1), so that the House may have time to act before the year’s end. The Senate began consideration of the $60.4 billion aid package last week and is scheduled to continue the debate this week. The emergency funds will provide much-needed aid to the hardest-hit areas, like New York and New Jersey, for their recovery efforts.
“I’m urging Senate leadership to put the Sandy supplemental bill at the top of their to-do list this week,” said Rep. Grimm. “Congress is up against a lot of pressing deadlines, but the need for emergency disaster relief is beyond urgent; we simply cannot afford any more delays. The longer we put off action on a relief package, the harder it will be to ultimately pass – seriously jeopardizing New York’s ability to rebuild. That is why I am calling on the Senate to move quickly and will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to do the same.”
The text of the letter is posted below:
December 27, 2012
The Honorable Harry Reid
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell:
As the Senate reconvenes today, I am requesting that you make the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R.1) a legislative priority, and move it swiftly through debate and passage, so that the House may have time to act. Time is of the essence and we simply cannot afford to push this off to the next Congress.
Many areas remain devastated from Superstorm Sandy, and this emergency funding is crucial to rebuilding efforts in the hardest hit areas. In New York City, we have one of the oldest and the largest public transportation system in the country. The flood damage was significant, destroying subway infrastructure and leaving some key stations at risk of remaining permanently closed in the absence of funding. This emergency funding will allow the reconstruction to begin without delay. The funding is also needed to provide the Army Corps of Engineers with resources to expedite studies and begin repairs, as well as to replenish the National Flood Insurance Program. Finally, this funding is crucial to helping our devastated families and small businesses by giving them the assistance they need to rebuild.
Having the privilege to represent Staten Island, one of the hardest hit areas, I have seen the devastation with my own eyes, and I assure you that the need is great. Congress has a history of providing aid to the American people in times of disaster and devastation. Just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Congress appropriated $62 billion in disaster aid. Those impacted by Superstorm Sandy have been waiting two months. We simply cannot afford to wait any longer.
By its very nature, this supplemental bill is designed to provide “emergency” funding, and I thank you for your cooperation in moving quickly to help meet the urgent needs that have arisen as a result of the storm. I assure you that I remain engaged with House leadership on moving this bill forward quickly once it is received from the Senate.
MICHAEL G. GRIMM
Member of Congress