Press Release ● Energy and the Environment
For Immediate Release: 
January 2, 2013
Contact Info: 

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the  need for Congress to pass legislation providing aid to Hurricane Sandy victims on CNN this afternoon.  His interview was prior to the press conference held by Republican members whose districts were impacted by Hurricane Sandy where they announced a commitment by Speaker Boehner to hold votes on Friday on flood insurance, and votes before January 15th on a larger aid package. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.

Click here to watch the video.

“I was shocked last night and deeply saddened that we didn't put the [Hurricane Sandy] relief bill that was passed through the United States Senate in a very strong bipartisan vote on the [House] Floor last night...”

“I don't know the reason. Whatever the reason was, it was not justified. So many Members have pointed out when we had the [Hurricane] Katrina damage, which was also a very broad-based natural disaster, we acted within ten or 11 days, [providing] $60 billion. We acted with alacrity. Here, for whatever reasons … we're now some 60 plus days later and we haven't acted. It’s a tragedy. It is unacceptable. And I would hope the Speaker would bring this legislation forward in the next few days, while we’re leaving one Congress to go into another. This ought to be a priority and we ought to do it this week.”