Federal lawmakers from the tri-state area took to the floor of Congress Tuesday to urge their colleagues to act immediately on federal disaster aid following Superstorm Sandy.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are taking up this afternoon more than a dozen amendments that seek to deliver $50.7 billion in federal aid to New Jersey and other states affected by Sandy.
The final vote, which is expected to take place later tonight, comes after Gov. Chris Christie and other officials blasted Republican leaders in the House for pulling the rug out on a vote prior to the start of the new Congress.
“Disaster means disaster and emergency means emergency,” said Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) today.
“We were there for you,” he said on the House floor. “We need this and we need this now.”
LoBiondo’s comments were echoed by federal lawmakers on the other side of the aisle.
Christie criticized fellow Republican House Speaker John Boehner for preventing the Senate’s $60.4 billion bill from hitting the House floor for a vote.
“New Jersey does not expect anything more than what was done for Louisiana and Alabama and Mississippi in Katrina, what was done in Joplin, Missouri, what was done in the floods in Iowa,” Christie said earlier this month.
“We don’t expect anything more than that; but we will not accept anything less. If they want to make new rules about disasters, well they picked the wrong state to make new rules with,” he said.
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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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