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Hurricane Sandy Relief

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. MEEKS. I'm sitting here in shock this evening. This is supposed to be the people's House. We are the United States House of Representatives. There are Americans that are suffering because of an act of nature. It is our obligation, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans to make sure that we come to the aid of Americans. And that's why in this issue, Democrats and Republicans have worked together in any kind of crisis. Especially when it goes to natural disasters, we've always come together.

How can we, at this critical point, turn our backs on Americans? This is not supposed to happen here. It happens other places.

Mr. Speaker, we cannot turn our backs on our citizens who need us. Some will not have a place to stay for a long period of time. People have suffered, and people need food. We are Americans. This is what's supposed to separate us from everyone else. I am absolutely shocked.

Mr. Speaker, you have to reconsider.

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