Today, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) called on Republican House Speaker John Boehner to immediately take up and pass the Sandy disaster relief bill. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Lautenberg was a main co-author of the Senate's $60.4 billion emergency supplemental funding bill. Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and neighboring states more than nine weeks ago, and the Senate acted last week to pass a bipartisan bill that would bring relief to residents, homeowners, businesses, and local governments affected by Superstorm Sandy.
"Speaker Boehner must immediately put the Sandy disaster relief bill up for a vote so the House can pass it. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill, and it's time for Speaker Boehner to put politics aside and allow the House to take up and pass this emergency aid bill. People are suffering and the longer the House waits to act, the longer it will take to get aid to victims. When other disasters have struck our nation, we have worked in a bipartisan fashion to come to help those in need. This disgraceful action by House Republican leadership to block critical aid for struggling families is not the American way and Speaker Boehner must allow a vote today."