One Minute: Runyan On Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Legislation

Jan 2, 2013

Official Statement of Rep. Jon Runyan

Congressional Record

January 2, 2013

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in disbelief that a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill has failed to come to the floor in the current Congress. 

It has been over two months since Super Storm Sandy devastated my home state of New Jersey, and Congress has failed to act.  After Hurricane Katrina Congress acted and passed a supplemental spending bill within 10 days.   

My district was ground zero for Sandy and suffered horrific damage. 

I can personally attest to the devastation as I toured many of the coastal towns in the days after the storm, and I can honestly say that some areas look like they had just been bombed. 

Governor Christie, after careful examination, estimates the damage to New Jersey alone to be $36.9 billion. 

I fully support the Governor’s request. New Jersey will need every last dime in order to rebuild successfully. 

My constituents and I are extremely disappointed that in our time of need this Congress has failed to act.  I yield back the balance of my time.