HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Democrats and Republicans in Connecticut are criticizing the GOP leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives for failing to take up federal financial help to communities and residents hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement that spending federal money now on public works will help reduce the cost of future storms. He also wrote a letter to U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner urging him to vote on a Sandy relief bill.
"It sends a terrible message to the citizens of the affected states that the leadership of the House of Representatives feels no sense of urgency, with winter upon us, to aid fellow citizens in their great time of need as the Congress has done time and again when other natural disasters have devastated communities elsewhere in the country," Malloy wrote.
In Washington, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes spent a minute on the House floor urging that a vote be taken. [Click on video, left.] Rep. Joe Courtney also spoke on the House floor. [
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Republican State Rep. Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield, which was heavily damaged by the Oct. 29 storm, said she is very disappointed that her constituents must wait for relief.
The Senate approved a $60.4 billion measure Friday to help with recovery from the storm that pounded the Northeast. The House Appropriations Committee has drafted a smaller, $27 billion measure and a vote had been expected before Congress' term ends at noon Thursday.
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joed3 | January 3 2013 9:50am
These wealthy ocean front homeowners in CT, NJ, and NY surely have their own insurance so why do the tax payers have to subsudize them? Sure these oeanfront dwellers will cry that the insurance is screwing them bc flood damage not covered - well what about flood insurance?? These rich types are cheap and don't pay for coverage. Why should they when the politicians will happily provide emergency funding as long as the politicains can triple the tab with thier added pork and line theitr pockets. Con men every one of them!
northlander41 | January 2 2013 3:46pm
You're right hosed. And I'm glad to hear they aren't getting so called storm relief. My taxes are going up and my kids are screwed by the rich lawmakers and the foodstamp crowds in NY NJ and CT so heck with the Democrats getting more tax money to cover up thier ludicrous spending - which is all it would do. Best news of the year..
Hosed-by-the-system | January 2 2013 1:16pm
I would really like to see what "pork" might have been added to that " Sandy relief" bill that has NOTHING to do with the damn storm.......
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