Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today released the following statement on the Senates passage of Hurricane Sandy disaster assistance legislation and the need for swift, bipartisan action on the aid package by the House of Representatives:
The Senate membership has our respect and gratitude for voting to deliver to the people of our states the resources we need to recover and to move quickly, aggressively, and responsibly with efforts to rebuild and strengthen our states after the historic devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We especially want to thank our states senators for their remarkable efforts to see this aid was approved.
We now urge the House to act swiftly this weekend in recognition of its obligation and responsibility to take action in this instance, just as it always has, for citizens of other states across the country who have endured the devastation of natural disaster.
It is essential that this assistance not fall victim to partisanship or the ideological divide the nation is witnessing in Washington. We urge the House of Representatives to not delay and to respond to the Senate's action today in kind, by taking prompt action on this aid bill this weekend.