U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today responding to House Republican leadership's decision to deny a vote on the Sandy aid bill:
"As many Republicans said on the House floor last night, what House leadership did last night by turning its back on families still suffering from Hurricane Sandy was indefensible and shameful. Speaker Boehner should come to Staten Island and tell families trying to rebuild their businesses why they need to wait longer for help. He should come to the Rockaways and tell families trying to rebuild their homes why they need to wait longer for help. But I doubt he has the dignity nor the guts to do it. Speaker Boehner should call his members back for an up or down vote today and allow them to vote their consciences, anything less is an insult to New York."