U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. today issued the following statement following the Senate passage of $50.5 billion in aid to Northeastern states battered by Hurricane Sandy. The bill will now goes to President Obama for his signature.
"I'm pleased that after more than 90 long days, the Senate has finally passed the emergency aid that the victims of Hurricane Sandy desperately need. Families in New Jersey and across the region can now finally begin down the long road to recovery. Communities can also begin the long term rebuilding and mitigation projects that will make the Garden State better prepared for the next storm. While the passage of this bill is welcome news, it's shameful that victims had to wait more than 90 long days for an aid package. Never before have I seen anything like partisan politics standing in the way of helping fellow Americans. I appreciate those in our delegation that stuck together on this. The sad part is that we were not able to influence Republicans from other areas.
"Our work is not done with the passage of this legislation. Last year, I introduced a package of additional tax incentives and recovery provisions that will be necessary to help the region recover from a storm of such a great magnitude. I plan to continue to push for these provisions and urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act on them."