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Temporary Increase in Borrowing Authority for National Flood Insurance Program

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY of New York. Madam Speaker, my name is SEAN PATRICK MALONEY. I'm new here. I don't know all the rules of Washington, but it sure seems like the rule here is to put off until tomorrow what should be done today--even when our fellow Americans are suffering.

A long time ago, I learned from my mom and dad, Jim and Joan Maloney, and our parish priest, Father Bill Nolan, a much better rule. It's called ``the golden rule.'' Americans by all parties live by it. The people of New York, New Jersey, and the Hudson Valley live by it. Bart and Diana Tyler of Kelloggs & Lawrence Hardware Store in Katonah, sure live by it. They led storm victims by flashlight through the darkened aisles of their hardware store for critical supplies at the hour of maximum danger and greatest need, and they consoled them as if they were their own family. Bart and Diana didn't make their neighbors wait 68 days for help, and they didn't say they could do more later. They acted with speed and with caring.

This new Congress can start anew today. We can act with speed and caring. We don't need to wait. I urge my colleagues to bring this additional relief to the floor as soon as possible and to support the bill today.


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