Congressman Meeks (NY-05) released the following statement after the House Republican leadership announced they will reverse course and allow votes on Super Storm Sandy relief:
"I am relieved on behalf of my constituents and the thousands of others in the area that Speaker Boehner has decided to hold votes on flood insurance this week after a lambasting from both sides of the regional delegation. While it's a necessary step, $9 billion is not enough. It's unfortunate that the livelihood of people who suffered a devastating hurricane is up to the whim of the Speaker and political games. Unfortunately, we must wait yet another two weeks before the bulk of the Sandy relief package is brought to the house floor. I hope that Republican Leadership honors its word to bring this to the floor for a vote.
"I am, however, encouraged that our New York, New Jersey and Connecticut delegations were able to come together in a bipartisan way to force action to provide aid to Americans who desperately need it. I look forward to voting on this important relief package and hope that we can pass this legislation with no further disturbances."