New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono released a statement today Jan. 15, 2013, on the passing of the bill by the House of Representatives who finally did their duty and passed the Hurricane Sandy aid package.
The vote was 241-180, the senate is expected to pass the measure next week and send it to President Barack Obama for his signature. Democrats supported the aid in large numbers, while majority republicans opposed it by a lopsided margin.
Those republicans, who delayed the vote at the end of the year, led to Speaker of the House John Boehner taking a political beating from both sides of the aisle when they refused to vote on the bill in a timely fashion and were basically pressured into doing so by both politicians and the people of the northeast.
That delay was not lost in remarks made by Buono.
"After a petty, political delay that put billions in recovery aid in jeopardy, I'm pleased that the House has finally voted to provide the much needed resources to help rebuild New Jersey” Buono said. “Seventy-nine days after Sandy struck; we have far more work to do to help the 40,000 New Jersey families and countless businesses who have been displaced by this natural disaster. We're counting on the Senate to pass this relief package next week so that funds can go as quickly as possible to our neighbors in need,"