Congress passes $9.7B in Sandy aid; delay decried [Asbury Park Press, N.J.]
|By Ken Serrano, Asbury Park Press, N.J.|
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"I feel really good now that we'll be able to rebuild by summer," Mancini, the mayor of
But Stephen Acropolis, the mayor of
The flood insurance money was separated from a larger bill for Sandy relief, and that
"My biggest concern is the emotional or psychological part of the delay," Acropolis said. "We didn't need that. To do what they did the way they did it was a slap in the face."
But he highlighted a more concrete result of the impact of
"This is a three-week delay on top of a seven-week delay," Holt said.
"Rebuilding is delayed and it's already been delayed," Pallone said. "That's not going to help homeowners, businesses and the tourism industry."
Pallone called Friday's House action "too little and too late."
The House vote was 354-67, with all the "no" votes coming from Republicans. Most are from Midwestern and Southern states. The
The flood insurance money was urgently needed because the National Flood Insurance Program was set to run out of money by Monday unless
Northeast lawmakers were incensed when House Speaker
Democrats again decried the delay on Friday.
Senate Majority Leader
"We are now past two months," he said of the congressional response to Sandy.
"The House taking up the bill on
"Instead of writing another blank check, we should have used this bill as an opportunity to strengthen the program to protect people from future floods that we know will come," he said.
"We are just here today to make sure that those payments continue going forward," he said.
"What's not in this bill is money to help all the communities that laid out hundreds of millions and billions of dollars for the cleanup," Schumer said.
"Thus far, only 18 percent have received funds pursuant to their claims," he said. "Over 80 percent of my constituents who have filed claims are waiting in limbo and in an intolerable situation that is making a bad situation worse."
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