Congress Passes Hurricane Sandy Aid Package
January 16, 2013
Long Island Politicians applaud long-needed financial support.
(Long Island, N.Y.) Eleven weeks after Hurricane Sandy decimated Long Island, along with the rest of the New York and New Jersey regions, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an aid package valued at worth $50.7 billion on Tuesday evening.
Long Island and New York politicians celebrated the windfall, whose funds will help in the efforts to rebuild after the destructive superstorm sundered homes and property, leaving dozens dead and thousands without homes, electricity, or hope.
The House of Representatives’ vote passed the bill by a margin of 241 to 180, with 49 Republicans and 192 Democrats casting ballots. The bill will now proceed to the Senate, where it is expected to pass, and then to the desk of President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
Congressman Peter King, R-Seaford, was very vocal in recent weeks regarding what he called his own party’s resistance to passing the aid package. But King said that, despite unacceptable delays, receiving the funding to help Long Island residents on the road to recovery is better late than never.
“Tonight’s vote to provide $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief was an outstanding victory,” he said. ”It is unfortunate that we had to fight so hard to be treated the same as every other state has been treated. But we did fight this bias against the northeast and thank god our residents won.”
Congressman Steve Israel, D-Huntington, echoed King’s sentiment at the news of the bill’s passing in the House of Representatives.
“New Yorkers can finally rest assured that help is on its way,” he said. “I’m delighted that the House finally passed the Sandy relief bill, but the real heroes are the New Yorkers rebuilding their lives, homes, and businesses.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a joint statement released in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, said the following: “We are grateful to those members of Congress who today pulled together in a unified, bipartisan coalition to assist millions of their fellow Americans at their greatest time of need.”
Congress had come under criticism since the passing of Hurricane Sandy for their inability to pass the Aid Package within an acceptable amount of time.