PATERSON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s $60.4 billion supplemental funding request to Congress in response to Hurricane Sandy:
"The $60.4 billion requested for Sandy aid will be critical in helping to rebuild a stronger New Jersey and to prepare us for the next storm. Although FEMA had enough resources to start the process of recovery, it's clear from the scale of destruction that this will be a costly recovery effort. Moonachie and Little Ferry were among the hardest hit communities in northern New Jersey and I am committed to making sure they, and all affected communities, receive the federal funds they need to help them rebuild and assist families in putting their lives back together. I will be urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together in a bipartisan manner to act quickly on this legislation. While it is an important start to providing New Jersey the relief we need now, further legislative action will be necessary to help small businesses, private infrastructure and families. I will be working closely with my colleagues in the House on a proposal to address this soon."