Hurricane Sandy Relief

Floor Speech

By:  Rush Holt, Jr.
Date: Jan. 1, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HOLT. E pluribus unum: one out of many.

We help each other. We always have. My district and many around were badly affected by one of the largest storms, by one of the most expensive storms, by one of the worst storms in history. There are thousands of people who are not going back to their homes. They deserve our help. I wish I could speak as articulately and in such a measured manner as our leader did and as others have, but I'm afraid my anger is going to get the better of me.

Some weeks ago, someone said to me, You know, you're not going to get help from the House of Representatives because these are blue States. They voted for a Democrat for President.

Now, I would like to think--and Mr. King and Mr. LoBiondo and Mr. Smith and Governor Christie would like to think--that this is not a partisan matter, but I have to wonder what could be going on here. Why would we not help each other as this House has always done?

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