New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy released the following statement regarding passage today, Jan. 16, 2013, of the disaster relief package by the House of Representatives.
“We are grateful to those members of Congress who today pulled together in a unified, bipartisan coalition to assist millions of their fellow Americans in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut at their greatest time of need. The tradition of Congress being there and providing support for Americans during times of crisis, no matter where they live across this great country, lives on in today’s vote in the House of Representatives. We anticipate smooth passage when this package moves back to the Senate for final approval and for this long-awaited relief to finally make its way to our residents.”
The statement is a much friendlier and conciliatory tone from when Christie lashed out at Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and members of his own party for their lack of urgency when Boehner did not call for the vote at the end of the year.
If you look at the vote tally though, the democrats are the ones who carried the day and the bill. 192 democrats joined 49 republicans in support. Opposed were 179 republicans and one democrat.