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House Inaction on Sandy Aid is “Inexcusable,” Cuomo and Christie Say

Posted By Jon Campbell On January 2, 2013 @ 11:50 am In Other | Comments Disabled

The governors of New York and New Jersey knocked the House of Representatives for not voting on a $60.4 billion aid package for states hit by Superstorm Sandy, calling it “inexcusable.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a joint statement today after House leadership signaled last night it would end its session without a vote [1] on the aid package, which has been backed by President Barack Obama and was passed by the Senate.

“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,” the governors wrote in their statement. “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 bi-partisan vote in the Senate while the House has failed to even bring it to the floor.”

New York and New Jersey suffered the most damage from the late October storm, which knocked out transit and power for much of lower Manhattan and parts of the outer boroughs.

The full statement can be found after the jump.more->

“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 bi-partisan 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.”


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[1] after House leadership signaled last night it would end its session without a vote: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/01/house-sandy-relief-vote/1803027/