Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-S.I./Brooklyn) issued the following statement on the new Congress which will be called to order in the House at noon:
"Today, we begin the 113th Congress and I am going to hit the ground running. We have a bold agenda, and I plan to play a lead role in moving it forward. Our first order of business is passing the $60 billion Superstorm Sandy aid bill, which is crucial to giving emergency funding to New York, New Jersey, and the most devastated areas. I fought hard for this legislation to come up for a vote, and despite a delay, we will get this passed.
"Tomorrow, we will pass the first piece of the emergency aid package -- providing $9 billion to the National Flood Insurance Program, with the remainder to be passed on January 15th, the first day of legislative business. This funding will give the city and state the much-needed resources to rebuild our damaged infrastructure and provide further aid to individuals and small businesses struggling to pick up the pieces of their lives.
"As we move through the next Congress, I will continue to fight for the issues that matter most to the people I represent. Passing legislation to combat the outrageous toll hikes remains a top priority, and I will continue to push my own legislation, like the Stop the Excessive Toll Hikes Act, into law. I remain committed to passing bold reforms that break Washington's addiction to spending and decrease our debt, reforming our tax code, and removing obstacles to job and business growth so that New York's economy can thrive and create jobs.
"In the district, I am proud to have hard-working staff that shares my dedication to serving the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn -- going above and beyond the call of duty with casework to help constituents on an individual basis. Whether we are helping a Sandy survivor navigate FEMA or a veteran with their benefits, my staff is dedicated to assisting all individuals in need.
"Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure to foster close relationships with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I look forward to working with members of the new Congress to break the partisan gridlock that is plaguing Washington and continuing my efforts to put the American people before politics.
"I am thrilled that the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn have sent me back to Congress for a second term in office, and couldn't be more proud to be their representative for the next two years."