Conn., N.J. and N.Y. Lawmakers Decry Sandy Cuts

March 11, 2013

Three Democratic members of Congress from Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are voicing concerns about automatic federal budget cuts that will trim federal Superstorm Sandy aid.

In a conference call on Friday, March 8, Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro said last week’s cuts will slice roughly $2.5 billion from approximately $60 billion in federal storm-related aid, including funds for transportation, housing and mitigation efforts.

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone said the reductions mean “we’re not going to be able to do a lot of things that are necessary to rebuild the Jersey shore.”

Pallone said he’s also concerned automatic cuts will worsen delays in the National Flood Insurance Program because of possible employee furloughs.

New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries called it “unacceptable” to reduce the aid after the region waited three months for an approval.

Latest Comments

  • March 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    Don't you realize it is red state folks who should contribute to blue state problems---the GIVERS must give to the TAKERS---in the interest of FAIRNESS!!!
  • March 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    Cheetoh Mulligan says:
    They are just looking for votes. If they really wanted to avoid these cuts, they would have started trying to balance the budget the day after the deal was struck last year t... read more
  • March 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    Original Bob says:
    The way I figure it is; if everyone in New Jersey kicks in $282 they can easily replace the 2.5 Billion. I'm sure this Blue State can get everyone on board as it is only fair ... read more
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