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Pascrell Hammers Colorado Lawmakers for Disaster Aid Hypocrisy

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. called out several Colorado Congressmen for their hypocrisy is sponsoring legislation that would use a portion of the Hurricane Sandy aid they voted against earlier this year to provide disaster assistance to their constituents.

"The images coming out of Colorado following the devastating flooding are heart wrenching," said Rep. Pascrell. "It's in times of crisis that Americans come together to help our neighbors. Unfortunately that was not the case with several of my colleagues when victims of Hurricane Sandy desperately needed aid. Now, some of these very Congressmen are shamelessly proving just how hypocritical they are by using the same Sandy funding they voted against to help their constituents. Northeast lawmakers support legislation to rebuild Colorado and help flood victims because we believe Americans come together in times of crisis, not when it's convenient.

The House this morning passed a bill to let Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx award money to help repair transportation infrastructure that was damaged or wiped out by flooding in Colorado. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), was cosponsored by the other six members in the Colorado's House delegation. It passed on a voice vote under suspension of the rules.

Back in January a vote in the House of Representatives provided $50 billion in Sandy relief. Congressmen Coffman, Gardner, Lamborn, and Tipton (all R-CO) voted against Sandy aid, yet all four co-sponsored today's legislation.


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