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Christie Applauds Sandy Aid Approval; Waiting for Remaining $50 Billion

The U.S. House of Representatives approved an initial round of funding for the National Flood Insurance Program. Another $50 billion could come Jan. 15.

Gov. Chris Christie, in a joint statment with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, applauded the "critical" Sandy aid approval by the House of Representatives Friday, but said the $9.7 billion outlay is merely a "down payment."

"While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down payment and it is now time to go even further and pass the final and more complete, clean disaster aid bill," they said.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Friday afternoon allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to borrow $9.7 billion to pay insurance claims made by victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The bill, HR 41, temporarily increases the borrowing authority of FEMA to allow the agency to carry out payment claims made by property owners to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Congress is expected to vote on two additional bills authorizing more than $50 billion in Sandy aid on Jan. 15.

"We are trusting Congress to act accordingly on Jan. 15 and pass the final ($50 billion) instrumental for long-term rebuilding in order for New Jersey, New York and our people to recover after the severe devastation of Hurricane Sandy," Christie and Cuomo said.

Congress moved to approve the funding stop-gap Friday after concerns were raised that aid for Sandy victims had been delayed too long. The House, specifically, Majority Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, came under fire for tabling a Sandy aid package until after the New Year.  

The insurance aid bill was introduced by Rep. Scott Garrett, R-5, along with 19 co-sponsors, all of them Representatives from either New Jersey or New York.

According to Bloomberg, the measure passed 354-67. The 67 who voted against the bill are all Republicans. 

Rep. Chris Smith, R-4, one of the bill's co-sponsors, took to the floor of Congress Friday to urge his fellow Representatives to support the legislation. 

"The devastation unleashed by Sandy is without precedent and the impacted communities are in dire need of comprehensive assistance," he said. "Nowhere is this more evident than in the sheer magnitude of the housing damage and the subsequent housing need."

According to Gov. Christie, New Jersey suffered more than $37 billion in property damage following Sandy. According to Christie's office, Smith said, Sandy damaged or destroyed 346,000 housing unites throughout the state, of which more than 72,000 were covered by the NFIP. 

Smith said only 18 percent of those who have filed claims have received money thus far. 

Local Congressional leaders, both Republican and Democrats alike, joined Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in voicing their displeasure over the delay in aid for Sandy victims. Christie in particular had harsh words for Congress, saying Sandy victims had been played like pawns in a political game and that the delay in voting on the funding package was the result of toxic politics within the Republican party.

Paul J. DiBartolo January 08, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Spooner, SSI and Medicare are essentially bankrupting us and our children as currently administered. I think we all know what ObamaCare will do to our healthcare system. How do you like your new health insurance rates? Of course, if you are a state worker or on the government dole you don't worry about that because you figure that chumps like me will keep paying your way. BTW, most of our Revolutionary War vets coming home refused government care...they were taken care of by families and churches. Make a better case for SSI and Medicare being guaranteed by the Constitution. That's actually the first time I've heard that argument...General Welfare...really?
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Robert, you are naive. Some government is good, but government is bureacracy, compromise, slow, and focuses only on the surface. It does not address the root causes of issues or problems. Only to pacify and treat symptoms. Robert, we are taking a step backwards - a huge step bacwards because both sides do not want to invest in really understanding human nature.
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 01:53 PM
@ Joe, Libertarians are about taking control one one's own future, saving for one's own senior and end of life care. Since the New Deal, this has been driven out of us and we are relying more and more on government to support us and be our "father". Not everyone is successful at saving and I support having something in place for those in need, but not everyone is truly in need. Quite frankly, I bought my house as an investment an investment that I may need to sell one day to take care of my medical needs. Anyone (regardless of how they feel about it) should be free to take advantage of the benefits that they paid for, for Ayn Rand had a right to use Medicare and Social Security. Those who criticise them for taking advantage of it would be thrilled to take the funding they provided and spread it around to those who did not give as much. Sounds like you took a little drama in school yourself (but only got the bit roles).
Joe R January 08, 2013 at 02:39 PM
>>"Quite frankly, I bought my house as an investment an investment that I may need to sell one day to take care of my medical needs."<< Is that a joke, home and property values have plummeted. You think your home will cover your medical needs? A serious illness can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and nursing home costs ($7k-$10K per month and up) can bankrupt most people in short order. But maybe you live in a mansion worth $10 million dollars? Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have not made people dependent and less likely to save or plan for the future. This is what I mean about the libertarian BS quotient. About the only point of agreement I have with libertarians is about closing most of the military bases and no more wars of choice, no more unnecessary wars such as Vietnam and Iraq. And we should have been out of Afghanistan 7 years ago.
Bill January 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
@Skitch - it's wrong what they are doing to you. But this is exactly why the government shouldn't be involved in something that should be left up to private enterprise.
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 04:32 PM
@ Joe R. Let me guess - you are one of those sheep who think that the government should take care of you from cradle to grave. You have a right to everything - the government pays for it. There are PLENTY of people in this country who believe and manage their lives believing that social security and medicare will take care of them. If it doesn't, the governement will. Then they complain about how they had to sell their home or move. Joe R., I do not think my home will cover everything, but MY home has not decreased in value from the time I bought it. You see, I didn;t buy anything above my means, what I could afford and I never relied on government to take care of me - I don't qualify for anything but what I earn through self-sufficiency and hard work. I don;t buy anything I cannot afford and don't live above my means. I have to put kids through school and college on my own dime, not the taxpayers'. What is worse than any libertarian BS is the crap that the Dems and Reps sell. And it looks like you not only bought it, but are eating it, too.
Bill January 08, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Speaking of Social Security. How's everyone feeling about that nice increase in your tax bill ? Aimed right at the heart of the middle class. Thanks Pres. Just another $2425.00/year to the government. What the hell, chump change. Maximum yearly Social Security tax withholding rises from $4,624.20 (4.2 percent on income up to $110,100) to $7,049.40 (6.2 percent on income up to $113,700). I guess the economy is doing so great there was no need to extend the rate cut.
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 06:13 PM
You bring up a good point. The increases in SS and Mediare taxes hit the middle class hard. That's ok though, because we can rely on SS and Medicare to take care of us when we grow old. We'll get a monthly pension and free quality healthcare. FREE!!!
Joe R January 08, 2013 at 07:00 PM
So South Westfielder and his ilk are saying that all or most of the people on Social Security and all or most of the people on Medicare are lazy good for nothing bums and moochers (the term of choice of these radical right wing freaks). He's saying none or most of those people (possibly some of his relatives are on SS and Medicare) ever saved, ever owned a home and are just moochers (the word of choice of libertarians and Randites). Only right wingers save money, only right wingers are the ones who have enough money that they will never ever need SS or Medicare because they are such economic scholars and business mavens. Talk about delusional twits. Only right wingers are self-sufficient and hard working; what an arrogant group of ideologues.
Robert Costello January 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
South Westfieldlander; please explain how Social Security works in your dreamland. Here, on Earth, you ONLY get social security after you and your employer pay in.
Sherm January 08, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Mr Costello Republicon s are out of touch with reality and live in denial this is what they worry about dressed in tea party garb crying out for limited govt A Virginia state senator gave Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) a new nickname on Tuesday, resurrecting a fight over McDonnell's support for legislation that would have mandated women have a transvaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion
Sherm January 08, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Rape and pregnancy controversies in United States elections, 2012 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search During the 2012 United States election cycle, a series of controversies arose as a result of Republican Party candidates' statements regarding rape, pregnancy, abortion, and related topics. The first and most widely covered controversy during this time surrounded Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who was the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat. He stated that pregnancy from rape rarely occurs as a result of what he referred to as "legitimate rape." Akin's comments had a far-reaching political impact, changing a focus of campaigns across the country onto the so-called "War on Women."[1][2] Following Akin's comments, there were additional controversies surrounding comments made by other socially conservative Republican candidates. The most notable of these was Indiana State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that pregnancy from rape was "something that God intended", triggering a nationwide controversy nearly on the scale of that resulting from Akin's comments. A number of observers have identified Mourdock's and Akin's comments as a principal factor in their election losses.[3] The comments are also credited for having a larger national effect
Sherm January 08, 2013 at 08:20 PM
The ppll affected by Sandy need and deserve the help they need now costofwars.com to see what the Bush admin has done to the ppl of this country
Sherm January 08, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Mr Costello seems south west was watching re runs of glen beck
NavyE9r January 08, 2013 at 08:28 PM
The NJ and Ocean County GOP are out of touch with reality. 2 Republican Representitives sponsored the Stolen Valor act and it blazed though Congress and Senate, yet they supported Spodofora who is nationally recognized with Stolen Valor. Do a simple internet search of his name and Stafford Township and you'll see for yourself. A Republican Club and Council remained silent when he got exposed again just prior to elections. He went as far to exploit Congressman Runyan's (R-NJ) name with having to get "special access" to so called classified service records. You can call and find out the truth, but not one of the elephants would speak out and tell the truth. It's time for reform in politics and it starts with public awareness!
Sherm January 08, 2013 at 08:33 PM
any idea what the tax rates were under Saint Ronnie?
Sherm January 08, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Runyan's (R-NJ is he still alive? I thought he was stuck out in his "farm subsidy" Whats he done for the folks affected by Sandy? Hey you voted for him
Joey Bagdano January 08, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Ive talked to about 50 people who applied to FEMA for $. One success story. Rest = $0.00
NavyE9r January 08, 2013 at 08:48 PM
In Stalingrad Stafford headed by Spodofora, if you expose the truth and challenge the gross improprieties you face the threat of legal actions or have your name dragged through the mud in the papers rather than have the character to admit it. For someone like Spodophony who says he's proud of his military service, he sure created an alter personna and ego that is very far fetched from the truth. I sure hope those blood votes he got were worth it as a lot of men and women fought, died and worked hard earning the title of Navy SEAL, Underwater Demolition Technician (UDT), Divers and combat service in Vietnam. Some even earned a Navy Expeditionary Medal doing so and none of thier records require 'special access'. For the record, the Navy Expeditionary Medal was not awarded to any Unit/Ship/Sub/Sailor in the entire US Navy in between 10 Aug 1962 and 8 Dec 1978. Spodofora served from 1966-1973. Not that hard to figure out. He exploited an administrative error by the Navy. It was his choice to allow and use this Medal as a matter or public record prior to the elections. He was responsible to ensure that Medal was represented correctly and used in a manner respectfully. He chose not to do so and lied to the Asbury Park Press reporter who published his interview. If it is acceptable for politicians to lie, it is the absolute right for Veterans to tell the truth. Stafford you have been duped for years by this charlatan!
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 10:37 PM
http://www.aei.org/article/health/entitlements/when-medicare-wipes-out-social-security-healthcare-fact-of-the-week/
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Robert, just educate yourself about the truth.
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Obama sure came through for us didn't he? Our State senators really came through for us, didn't they? And to share the blame are those stupid Republican representatives - one of whom I am happy now that he lost the election is not VP.
South Westfielder January 08, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Joe R, what is really sad is that when dealing with someone as angry and biased as you, there is not intelligent discourse. I never said anything like the comments you make. I didn;t call them lazy or bums. The left is selling us all a bunch of goods - that the government can take care of us better than we can ourselves. The foolish, like you are buying into the crap that social security and medicare will be there for you 100%. Tax everyone more for it, including the middle class who I still insist are being hit hard by teh tax increases for a benefits. The people in my family who are retired, while they receive social security have saved their butts off (they are part of teh greatest generation). They saved like hell, didn't buy anything they couldn't afford, and relied on their own brawn to get where they are. They saved and put in for their own retirement pensions and supplemental insurance plans. so don;t lecture me, you pig.
AStar Gazer January 09, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Tubby is waiting for the Federal cash so he can stash in the State budget via accounting tricks, that way he can avoid a tax increase this summer. Same old, same old.
Samantha March 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
When Clinton left office, this country was debt free with a surplus.
Samantha March 14, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I'll be dead before I see a check.
Joe Taxpayer March 14, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Incorrect Samantha. The country was not debt free when Clinton left office. Under Clinton, the national debt under his watch rose by $1.6 Trillion, a number Obama produces just about every 12 months. It is true that the last few years his annual budgets did not have deficits (deficits not same as debt) thanks to a GOP congress that slowed spending to under 1% for a number of those years and a booming pre dot com burst economy. Debt 1980 - $1T Debt 1992- $4T Debt 2000 - $5.6T Debt 2008 - $9.6T Debt today - $16.7T
Remis McFemis March 14, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Samantha, as long as you don't have a job you will see plenty of checks. You know what they say, "You can't work when you're on unemployment"
Samantha March 14, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Thanks Joe. Just had this debate with husband.
Samantha March 14, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Remis, my husband and I are both retired. I was referring to ins. claim checks. There are alot of individuals who are unemployed. You shouldn't be so judgemental of other's that are less fortunate.

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