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Call for Swift Passage of $51 Billion Aid Bill for Recovery & Rebuilding Efforts
New Jersey legislators representing a section of the Jersey Shore that was among the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Sandy have called on the leadership of the United States House of Representatives to act swiftly to pass a long-delayed aid package that is necessary for recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Senator Jim Holzapfel, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe and Assemblyman Greg McGuckin of the 10th Legislative District sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor asking them to take immediate action on passing the remainder of the $60 billion aid package that has already been approved by the United States Senate.
“The months-long delay in approving a disaster aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy is absolutely shameful,” said Holzapfel. “As Governor Christie previously said, disaster funding has never been subject to the kind of petty political squabbling that has denied New Jersey residents the recovery assistance they desperately need. It’s time for Speaker Boehner to do the right thing and work to get the package passed immediately.”
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