Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell urging the Senate to quickly pass the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R.1), so that the House may have time to act before the year's end. The Senate began consideration of the $60.4 billion aid package last week and is scheduled to continue the debate this week. The emergency funds will provide much-needed aid to the hardest-hit areas, like New York and New Jersey, for their recovery efforts.
"I'm urging Senate leadership to put the Sandy supplemental bill at the top of their to-do list this week," said Rep. Grimm. "Congress is up against a lot of pressing deadlines, but the need for emergency disaster relief is beyond urgent; we simply cannot afford any more delays. The longer we put off action on a relief package, the harder it will be to ultimately pass -- seriously jeopardizing New York's ability to rebuild. That is why I am calling on the Senate to move quickly and will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to do the same."