Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty voted to provide $50.4 billion in aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. The bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 241 to 180.
On January 4, Esty joined colleagues from both parties in co-sponsoring and passing legislation to provide a $9.7 billion increase in funding for the National Flood Insurance program to help those hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Esty released the following statement following the passage of today's bill:
"I'm pleased the House has finally passed a comprehensive bipartisan aid package to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy recover from disaster and rebuild their lives, and I want to thank my colleagues from both parties who came together to back this important legislation," Esty said. "Nevertheless, this aid is coming inexcusably late. For 79 days, Connecticut families have been waiting for the aid they need to rebuild their homes and their lives. For months, Connecticut small businesses owners have been waiting for the disaster-aid loans they need. And for months, Connecticut communities have been waiting for the support they need to fully repair roads and buildings and mitigate the impact of future disasters. When people are hit by catastrophe, we have an obligation to help, and we have an obligation to get it done quickly. Moving forward, I hope Congress will work together, without delay, to help all Americans when their lives and futures are at stake."