WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) urged his colleagues to support H.R. 41, which will provide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with additional funds to carry out the National Flood Insurance Program in response to Hurricane Sandy. The legislation passed 354-67. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:
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“My name is Sean Patrick Maloney and I’m new here. I don’t know all the rules of Washington but it seems like the rule here is to put off tomorrow what should be done today even while Americans are suffering.
“I learned a long time ago from my mom and dad, Jim and Joan Maloney, and our parish priest, Father Bill Nolan, a much better rule– it’s called the Golden Rule. Americans of all parties live by it; the people of New York, New Jersey and the Hudson Valley live by it.
“Bart & Diana Tyler of Kelloggs & Lawrence Hardware Store in Katonah sure live by it. They led storm victims through the darkened aisle of their hardware store for critical supplies at the moment a greatest need and consoled them as if they were family. Bart and Diana didn’t make their neighbors wait 68 days for help. They didn’t say they could do more later. They acted with speed and with caring.
“This new Congress can start anew today. We can act with speed and caring. We don’t need to wait. I urge my colleagues to immediately bring additional Sandy relief to the floor as soon as possible and support the bill today.”