Congressman Meeks (NY-05) released the following statement after the House passing of $51 billion for relief and recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
"After an unnecessarily long delay, the House has finally passed a bill to provide the essential aid Superstorm Sandy victims need to recover. The Eastern Seaboard has waited for far too long for this vital assistance, but I welcome the bipartisan support we saw tonight in the House.
"I'm pleased that we could put aside partisan differences to provide vital funding for, among other programs, the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild coastal ecosystems and protect shorelines; for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund; for the Environmental Protection Agency, to protect drinking water; for the National Park Service, for construction expenses; and for the Department of Health and Human Services, to provide disaster recovery services.
"I now look forward to seeing swift passage in the Senate and a signature from the President, so we can begin the reconstruction efforts to rebuild New York, New Jersey, and the rest of the affected areas."