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Schumer Vows Sandy Relief Will Pass

Senator holds press conference in home of Long Beach council member.

Sen. Charles Schumer speaking at a press conference at the home of Council member Fran Adelson. (Credit: Schumer's office)
Sen. Charles Schumer speaking at a press conference at the home of Council member Fran Adelson. (Credit: Schumer's office)

A vote on a $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill that Congress was expected to hold Wednesday, but was denied by Speaker John Boehner, will likely come later this month, Sen. Charles Schumer stated at a press conference in Long Beach.

Speaking from the storm-damaged home of Long Beach City Council member Fran Adelson on Wednesday, Schumer said that Reps. Peter King and Michael Grimm, Republicans from New York’s 3rd and 13th Congressional Districts respectively, will meet with Boehner later in the day “in an effort to get a commitment from him … that we will get this done the first week we get back in the new Congress.”

The senator explained that since a new Congress will be sworn in Thursday and will start on Jan. 21, the relief bill must first return for a vote in the Senate, where a similar version of the bill was approved last Friday.

“Our goal is to have both houses pass the bill by January 30,” Schumer said.

During a late Congressional session on New Year’s Day, Boehner, R-Ohio, pulled the disaster relief bill before it went to the floor for a vote. The bill was drafted to aid hurricane victims in New Jersey and New York, including Long Island from Long Beach to the Hamptons, and the failure to vote on it means certain funds that require authorization – including FEMA disaster monies – will be delayed. Schumer said that the bill’s funding is structured to assist homeowners and business owners, as well as prevent the Long Island Power Authority from raising rates.

“For the speaker to pull the rug out from under us at the last minute like he did is a disgrace,” said Schumer, who expressed confidence that the bill will pass.

Patch’s call to Boehner’s office Wednesday was not returned, but his spokesman, Michael Steel, said previously that the speaker is “committed to getting the bill passed this month,” according to the Associated Press.

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Meanwhile, Rep. Darrell Edward Issa, a Republican Congressman from California, told Fox News Wednesday morning that the relief bill was loaded with unrelated spending that had doubled its costs. “(They) packed this with pork, had the opportunity to have a $27 to $30 billion legitimate relief package, packed it with pork, and then dared us not to vote on it,” he said on Fox & Friends.

With Adelson and other Long Beach homeowners standing beside him, Schumer dared Issa to visit Adelson’s home. “I want him to come to this house … and look around and see what happened and then say it’s pork to give you federal help to rebuild,” he said.

The Sandy aid is a package of two bills that require seperate votes: one on a scaled-back $27 billion bill; the other on a $33 billion amendment to match the Senate's $60.4 billion aid measure, according to Newsday.

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Rachel January 04, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Yes i know NY state holds my insurance policy, that is why i am asking these questions because I am sure the councelwoman also has flood insurance so if these monies are geared towards people with no insurance why are they at her house? Why not held at the guy who has no insurance? Most of Long Beach is not getting enough to put thier houses back together. Im not asking for money to go on vacation i just want to live in my house n not have to eat n sleep on the floor.
paul.d.spellman January 04, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Rachel, What do you mean by "Yes i know NY state holds my insurance policy", ?
water guy January 07, 2013 at 09:13 AM
wow her house looks just like mine.. who's house do you think will get finished first.....
Nancy Mc. January 07, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Amazing! Here is "poor" Fran Adelson in her storm ravaged home. Maybe she can use some of the money she awarded herself in her boardwalk lawsuit. Also, in the days after the storm Adelson and other members of the council allegedly had city workers do work on their homes for free and on city time at our expense. These workers should have been out helping the residents but instead they were directed to do freebies for our elected representatives! They also allegedly got FEMA generators installed at their homes. This should be investigated. Poor Fran?
delete me January 09, 2013 at 09:54 AM
Bobby you are a liar.

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