Crowley Votes to Deliver Much-Needed Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

January 15, 2013
Press Release

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Package Passes House

Bill Moves to Senate for Consideration

(Washington, D.C.)Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, voted in favor of H.R. 152, a $50 billion Sandy Disaster Relief package that will help communities affected by Hurricane Sandy rebuild and recover after the devastating storm hit New York and other areas of the Northeast in October. Earlier this month, the House passed H.R. 41, a bill to raise the borrowing authority of the National Flood Insurance Program by $9.7 billion, providing much-needed assistance to property owners affected by the storm. Together, these two bills will cover the $60 billion relief package requested by President Obama and passed by the Senate in December.

“Seventy nine days after Hurricane Sandy hit our communities Congress is finally doing what it should have done months ago: taking action,” said Rep. Crowley. “This bill should have never been tied up in political gamesmanship, but the wait is over and a much-needed hand will now be extended to the communities, families, and small businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy. This aid package will ensure New York’s infrastructure is rebuilt to be better and stronger than ever, small businesses will have the cash flow they need to get back to work, and preventive measures are put in place to protect our City against future storms.”

The Sandy Disaster Relief package will help meet immediate recovery needs in New York and throughout the Northeast, including funding to restore buildings and properties, repair New York’s transit systems, and providing loans to small businesses hurt by the storm. In addition, the bill will provide much-needed funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster relief fund, which provides shelter, food and other necessities in the wake of disasters, and will provide for Community Development Block Grants, a critical program that helps local governments make important investments in areas like housing, infrastructure, transportation, and economic development. In addition, the relief package puts in place cost-saving measures to prevent further damage from the likelihood of future storms and natural disasters.

The Sandy Disaster Relief package will now move to the Senate for consideration.

Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.