U.S. Senator Bob Menendez said House Passage of $9.7 billion for National Flood insurance is a step forward but more Sandy relief is needed. Menendez Calls upon Republicans for swift passage of remaining $51 billion in aid.
According to the Associated Press, the new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run out of money next week with some 115,000 Sandy-related claims as well as 5,000 from other floods unresolved.
Sen. Bob Menendez on Sandy relief
“For the people who continue to brave the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, today’s House’s action provides some welcome—albeit needlessly delayed—news. Eligible property owners who sustained Sandy’s flooding damage can now be assured their claims will be paid backed by the federal government,” said Senator Bob Menendez.
“This is a step forward. However, real relief comes with the passage of the rest of the $51 billion that will provide the type of resources that many communities, small businesses and families need to fully recover from the storm. I call upon Republicans to pass this recovery aid, which is already delayed, and do whatever it takes to pass it as swiftly as possible.” Menendez said.
The late October storm ravaged the coast from North Carolina to Maine, with the worst flooding occurring in New York City and its suburbs, Atlantic City, N.J., along the Connecticut coastline. Votes are planned later this month on another $51 billion aid package. The government already has spent more than $2 billion as part of the emergency response to the storm