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.

Tideline January 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM
If the Bill was not loaded with Democratic Pork/Entitlements, it would have passed and we would be on our way to recovery. Instead we wait.
paul.d.spellman January 02, 2013 at 07:42 PM
If you want to hear what Senator Schumer really said today about Congress's choice not to vote on the Sandy biil click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fbi5HSHzMw If you want more info on the news conference held at Adelson's home this past Saturday you can click here http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo;JSESSIONID=B61ED9F819624A2D7E2D.3274?site=newsday&view=search_results_item&feed:a=newsday_5min&feed:c=nassau&feed:i=1.4387989&nopaging=1
Tonto Hertzberg January 02, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I voted GOP right up until 2012 when the disgusting Paul Ryan was tapped to be VP I voted STRAIGHT D, right across the board in response. After today I will NEVER vote for a GOP candidate again for ANY post, including dog catcher. That drunken lout Speaker Boner really f**ked us good. At least I dont feel like a jerk for voting GOP
Patrick Smith January 03, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Dear demonic and Repuklicans ,drive around west end at 6 pm ,you will see nothing but empty homes without families in them.where are all these families staying while there homes , decaying from politics ,brought to you in part by the likes of rep king and schumer playing the same games.wanting to look like heroes when the bill passes. kids living in hotels ,breaking up families with financial debt ,these people are the scum of this country,get them all out,drain the swamp
paul.d.spellman January 03, 2013 at 08:14 AM
PS, How would passage of this bill specifically helped our neighbors?
The ghost of Saint Brendan January 03, 2013 at 08:45 AM
Did Fran have real estate sign at the press conference with Chuck? What a bunch of self serving phonies.
paul.d.spellman January 03, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Have no fear, Ms Adeleson will get her (our) money.
Rachel January 03, 2013 at 06:13 PM
If this bill gets passed by what means do we recv. These funds? Through Fema? I was already told by them they will not help me because i am getting insurance money. But the insurance is giving me only 25% of the replacement amount the adjuster told me due to "Depreciation" of my property. So how do you qualify for the money from this bill? What i am recving will just about cover sheetrock i sulation and labor.
Point George January 03, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Kind of off topic but not ignoring the 800 lb gorilla in the room These funds mostly affect folks without insurance coverage or uninsured losses. Has anyone received any money from a private insurance company? I know of no one that has gotten a dime from a private insurance company. Maybe some have, but they are outside my circle. When are the politicians in NY going to step up like the fat guy from Jersey. (no disrepect, love him)
Patrick Smith January 04, 2013 at 05:42 AM
insurance companies don't hold our flood insurance , government dose and with only 3 billion in the fund , The cost of damage is way greater than that,the government would be the only one to carry this type of insurance.you think insurances companies are that stupid .but the insurance companies still make a billion of the deal
Frank McQuade January 04, 2013 at 06:48 AM
Senator Schumer's politicizing the Sandy Relief issue shows the shallowness of this shill. He is perfectly framed in the photo with fellow whiner Weisenberg. The two combined have the gravitas of helium. Pot-hole Schumer conveniently forgets that the House was called into plenary session over the fiscal cliff vote, which resulted from the same fast and loose approach to government spending other people's money like it was confederate currency. Do not let begging for government assiatance erode civil liberties any more than the hand-out mentality has already accomplished. At least have the decency to have reasonable understanding of the context of the fiscal-cliff priorities before taking off on mean-spirited political attacks.
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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