Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, let me lend my voice to those who previously spoke, particularly Mr. Hoyer.
My district was devastated by the storm. I have thousands of people who do not have homes, who are living in temporary circumstances. I have municipalities that have expended millions of dollars in trying to do the cleanup. The fact of the matter is that if we don't take action tonight and we let this House adjourn without taking action on the supplemental for the hurricane, we will suffer a great deal.
Many of these towns are waiting for the money to come through to provide funding for municipal services, for emergency services. Many of them are completely broke at this time in terms of their ability to provide help for their residents. This is a very serious matter. This need is immediate. This can't wait until next week or next month. There's absolutely no way that that can happen without having a tremendous negative impact on the residents of my district.
So I implore the Speaker, please reconsider this decision. It is just not possible for us to continue without having some relief from the Federal Government.