U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statement in reaction to the House Republican Leadership's decision to postpone a vote on the Sandy Relief Package passed by the Senate:
"Never before has this country walked away from its obligation to help Americans in the wake of a natural disaster, but today, the House Republican Leadership told New Jersey and New York to drop dead. I cannot recall a congressional act to be so inconsistent with our core principle that we are the United States of America than the House Republican Leadership's decision to kill a vote on the Sandy relief package. The Senate voted to provide a reasonable relief package to the stricken region which is struggling to get back on its feet, but the indifference of the House callously jeopardizes peoples' well-being. In the few hours remaining in the 112th Congress, I call upon House Republicans to recognize their humanity over their partisanship. Help the thousands of Americans in our area who will be forced to brave the cold of winter without homes, their businesses, their jobs, right now."