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REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS SANDY AID VOTE; DEMANDS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FUNDS

Washington, DC--Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted for the first portion of relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy today when the House allotted $9 billion to pay insurance claims for victims of Sandy’s devastation. The National Flood Insurance program would have run out of funds to reimburse claims approximately within a week. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval and on January 15th the House will vote on the remaining $51 billion in aid.

“It is ridiculous that this was not accomplished before the last Congress adjourned.  It has been 68 days since New York, New Jersey and much of the Northeast was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.  People are still homeless, businesses are still on the edge of bankruptcy, and local governments are buckling under the massive burden of rebuilding their towns and cities.  While this is going on, the Republican-led House continued to personify its reputation as a “do-nothing” Congress.  People are suffering, and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle need to remember that Mother Nature is not partisan.  It was not Democrats, nor Republicans, who were affected - it was Americans.   It was shameful to have not had a vote on this earlier than January 4, but I am glad to have finally had a vote in the House to help the people of New York and the Northeast recover.”

To view Rep. Engel’s comments from the House floor on the topic -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1j3m942NL0&feature=youtu.be

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