CT Politicians Express Outrage Over Inaction on Sandy Bill

Members of the state Congressional Delegation took to the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday to lament the lack of action on the bill that would have sent aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The fiscal cliff may have been avoided, but for those waiting on relief from Congress for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New Year's Day congressional session offered nothing but disappointment.

While the House of Representatives finally agreed to a last-minute compromise that cancelled out the tax hikes the majority of taxpayers would have faced for the new year, it failed to take action on a bill that would have provided aid to those who suffered damages from the historic Oct. 29 storm.

The Hartford Courant reports that three of the state's congressional representatives — Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, Joseph Courtney, D-2, and Jim Himes, D-4, took to the House floor Wednesday morning to condemn its inaction.

The reaction after the hurricane by first responders, caregivers and local officials was stellar, Courtney said, according to the report in The Courant.

"The only place that hasn’t acted is the House of Representatives, which last night, in the dark of the night, the speaker announced that he was abandoning the people of Northeastern America and allowing the Hurricane Sandy relief bill to die,” Courtney said.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had urged Congress to act swiftly on the bill, said Wednesday that he had spoken to House Speaker John Boehner and was assured the bill would be brought up sometime this month, according to WCBS Newsradio 880.

“Your decision to postpone consideration of a disaster supplemental until after the 113th Congress commences likely delays delivery of relief for months, and therefore delays the process of rebuilding from Sandy,” Gov. Malloy wrote to Boehner Wednesday. 

“It sends a terrible message to the citizens of the affected states that the leadership of the House of Representatives feels no sense of urgency, with winter upon us, to aid fellow citizens in their great time of need as the Congress has done time and again when other natural disasters have devastated communities elsewhere in the country.”

joe_m January 03, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Boehner does not represent any of the states in the Northeast. What have our Representatives and Senators been doing since Nov 1st? Why did they allow tons of "pork" to be added to the bill? Such hypocrites.
Sean M January 03, 2013 at 10:13 PM
The GOP is controlled by gutless self-serving politicians. The rest goes down hill from there.
Voice of Reason January 04, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Perhaps this is why we have an obesity problem in the US? 94 pages of mostly Pork! How do the following items from the Bill have any immediate help to the Sandy victims? These should be voted on separately. -$8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. -$150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska. -$2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC. -$13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms. -$207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center. -$41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. -$4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. -$3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. -$1.1 million to repair national cemeteries. -$58.8 million for forest restoration on private land. -197 million “to… protect coastal ecosystems and habitat impacted by Hurricane Sandy.” -$10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.
Sean M January 04, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Our political system is broken. Both parties are owned by the 1% who donate 90% of the federal donations. When we find candidates like Mark Greenberg, we need to support them. When we get Linda McMahon and Andrew Roraback types, we need to defeat them.


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