Welcome! Login | Register
 

EXCLUSIVE: Feroce Looks at GOP Run for Governor in 2018—EXCLUSIVE: Feroce Looks at GOP Run for Governor…

ABC6’s “In the Arena” Turns Into a Verbal Brawl Over Achievement First and Providence Schools—ABC6's "In the Arena" Turns Into a Verbal…

“The Sunday Political Brunch”—December 11, 2016—“The Sunday Political Brunch” -- December 11, 2016

Top RI Comedian, Former Rhode Show Host Arrested on Cocaine Charges—Top RI Comedian, Former Rhode Show Host Arrested…

PC Holds On to Beat UMass 75-69 for 4th Straight Win—PC Holds On to Beat UMass 75-69 for…

25 Things You Must Do in New England This Winter—25 Things You Must Do in New England…

What to Watch For: Ravens vs. Patriots—What to Watch For: Ravens vs. Patriots

Matthews’ 31 Points Not Enough, URI Falls to Houston 82-77—Matthews' 31 Points Not Enough, URI Falls to…

ACLU Sues Rhode Island Over UHIP Food Stamp Delays—ACLU Sues State Over UHIP Food Stamp Delays

PC Basketball Goes for 4th Straight Win on Saturday Against UMass—PC Basketball Goes for 4th Straight Win on…

 
 

NEW: Langevin Says More Needs to be Done After Passage of Sandy Relief Bill

Saturday, January 05, 2013

 

While expressing disappointment with the continued delays in approving necessary disaster relief, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) on Friday helped the House pass, by a 354-67 margin, legislation to ensure home and business owners flooded out by Hurricane Sandy will soon be able to receive flood insurance payments. The bill, H.R. 41, provides $9.7 billion to replenish the National Flood Insurance Fund, raising its borrowing authority by that amount.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), funds available to pay flood insurance claims will be exhausted by next week without additional borrowing authority. Without this change, about 120,000 flood insurance claims payments would be delayed, including about 115,000 related to Sandy.

Langevin pressed House Republican leadership from the start of this week to allow a vote on a $60 billion package that passed the Senate last Friday with bipartisan support. It included additional vital assistance for infrastructure repairs, aid to fisheries and support for the Small Business Administration’s response efforts. The beginning of a new Congress required the legislative process to restart.

“While I have been mystified by the fact that we cannot more immediately address the massive needs for repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy, today’s vote is at least a welcome move in the right direction,” said Langevin. “Congress has long had a vital role in disaster relief, and I continue to urge passage of the remaining funding from the bipartisan Senate bill as soon as possible. We cannot let politics create more uncertainty for the people most impacted by this devastating storm.”

Langevin will visit Misquamicut on Monday to view the progress made in dealing with the damage from Hurricane Sandy and receive an update on the recovery from Westerly Town Manager Steve Hartford.

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 

X

Stay Connected — Free
Daily Email
 
:!