(CNN) – The Senate approved more than $50 billion in aid to states battered by Superstorm Sandy on Monday, four weeks after a delay that sparked bipartisan fury from Northeastern lawmakers.
The money includes grant funding for owners of homes and businesses, as well as funding for public improvement projects on the electrical grid, hospitals and transit systems to prevent damage from future storms. In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said he would sign the measure "as soon as it hits my desk."
This is way too long for victims of a catastrophic storm to wait for relief. The irresponsibility of Congress has real effects on everyday citizens.
The major electricty prividor in NYC is ConEd. They just announced a rate hike to pay for Hurricane Sandy damage.
I've heard that one before. "We need a rate hike to pay for this or that one time expense." But, they never drop the rates aftter the expense is supposedly paid for. I remember when we used to build nuclear power plants in the US. I remember the rate hikes that they would assess customers, promising that the rates would drop once the plant was up and operating, generating revenue. Never happened. Rates never went down. Helped make the idea of building new plants unpopular.
Wheres fat christie and the pansy nanny man ????
we as a country look very stupid when the people we put into office care more about their pockets and other countries than helping US citizens get back on their feet --– WELL DONE
It's really sad that Sandy hit in October and they are still voting on Aid at the end of January. Really sad.
4 months later the Senate is finally doing something positive. It has taken to long, why, because of the pork put in bills that don't need to be there in the first place. It is time for , limits on the number of terms one in Congress should serve. States have term limits and part time, both measures qualify in the federal government. Time of self being more important than the people who put you there, should end. Persons in Congress go in as American citizens and come out as wealthy, self serving individuals.