The long-sought emergency aid following the destruction of Superstorm Sandy cleared the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday evening and is now awaiting Senate approval.
All of New Jersey’s congressional delegation voted in favor of sending more than $50 billion in aid to the Garden State and other areas affected by the storm.
Despite support from New Jersey’s 11 House lawmakers, many officials looked to see whether Rep. Scott Garrett would back the proposal after being the only member of Congress from the state who didn’t sign a letter calling for federal assistance.
“Not true,” responded Garrett spokeswoman Maggie Seidel when asked whether the congressman ever contemplated voting against the proposal.
“As reported, he was reading the bill,” she said today.
State officials accused Garrett, who voted against aid for Hurricane Katrina victims, of dragging his feet on the proposal.
Speculation that Garrett could vote against the bill entirely increased after the federal lawmaker defended his decision late last year not to sign a letter calling for federal disaster assistance in the wake of the storm.
The proposal cleared the House floor Tuesday evening following a 228-192 vote. Thirty-eight Republicans joined 190 Democrats in supporting the aid package.
How they voted
Rob Andrews, D – Yes
Frank LoBiondo, R – Yes
Jon Runyan, R – Yes
Christopher Smith, R – Yes
Scott Garrett, R – Yes
Frank Pallone Jr., D – Yes
Leonard Lance, R – Yes
Albio Sires, D – Yes
Bill Pascrell Jr., D – Yes
Rodney Frelinghuysen, R – Yes
Rush Holt, D – Yes
Donald Payne Jr., D - Yes
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