“As Congress works to put our nation’s fiscal house in order, its leaders and members should not leave Washington until they have fulfilled another of their critical obligations: to provide aid to the Northeast, a region facing unprecedented damage and devastation.”
They make the case for this assistance using Congresses past response to previous natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina.
The Governors write,
“We realize that our nation faces significant fiscal challenges, and we respect congressional leaders’ efforts to work with President Obama to achieve a resolution. As governors, we have had to make hard budget choices in the wake of the economic crisis and recession.
Yet our needs are real and immediate, and Congress must act — as it has so many times before — to assist our recovery and help us build back better and stronger than ever.
The request for $60 billion was diligently assembled based on conservative estimates of our states’ needs and is in line with supplemental appropriations approved after previous disasters for other areas.”
They commend the work of their states’ Congressional delegations to make the case for the needs of the hardest hit communities.
And in conclusion, they write,
“Americans come together in times of crisis. Our states have stood with your communities when they suffered and faced devastation. It’s time for Congress to stand with us.”
Click here to read the full op-ed piece in The Washington Post.
Click here to read the op-ed piece in the Star-Ledger.
Click here to read a summary of the proposed legislation.