Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) issued the following statement in response to the passage of HR 152, the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Act, which allocates $50.4 billion for disaster relief and institutes important FEMA reforms:
"The bipartisan passage of HR 152 is a vital step in supporting the victims of Hurricane Sandy as they continue the long process of rebuilding from this terrible disaster. I'm glad that Congress has provided the critical funds needed to begin the process of healing and restoration of what was lost.
As someone who has witnessed the devastation of hurricanes firsthand, I know the road to recovery is long and challenging. This vote is a significant victory not only for Sandy victims but also for the nation.
I am proud to report that this legislation contains common sense reforms that will expedite disaster aid, streamline disaster recovery efforts, and reduce federal costs. In Louisiana, communities damaged by Hurricane Isaac will see 25 percent of mitigation funding up front. Across South Louisiana, cities and schools will be rebuilt faster and with more flexibility.
Senator Landrieu's leadership on the issue has been critical. I am committed to working on a bipartisan basis with my colleagues in the House and in the Senate to build on today's vote. Congress has a duty to safeguard victims of natural disasters all across this country."