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Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Chairman, we either act now, or we wait for the consequences of the terrible silence of the decent. And many folks from both sides of the aisle have worked together. It can be done, not only on this issue, but many other issues.

This was a tragedy. When you visit each town, be it in Long Island or Staten Island, or Hoboken, or Moonachie, Fort Lee, Mantoloking, what's the sign you look for whenever you go in neighborhoods? Water line. That's the sign.

What is the water line of our conscience, of our goodwill, and having double standards for different storms?

We've never done that before as a Nation, and we shouldn't now do it through ideologues and true believers who think one way or the highway.

This must be passed today. I commend Mr. Frelinghuysen, Mr. Rogers, Nita Lowey. Thank you for putting your task forward in a priority. And we're going to pass this today. Congratulations, Mr. Frelinghuysen.


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