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Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. CLARKE. I thank the gentleman for the time.

And I want to urge all of my colleagues to support the Frelinghuysen amendment, which ensures a full $60.1 billion package will jump-start a recovery process for the families and small businesses of the affected four-State region.

I represent an area called Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn, New York, a quaint bungalow community. Operative word, bungalow. They were subgrade, and totally deluged during the event known as Superstorm Sandy. This is a working-class community of people, real solid Americans who have played by the rules all of their lives, and now their homes have been moved off of their foundations by the sheer force of this storm.

This amendment, this work that we do today, is why people have sent us here, to know that we've got their backs, that we are there, as their representatives, in time of need.

I want to thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, in particular, those from the affected region, for their advocacy on behalf of the people who have been victimized by Sandy.


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