New York-area lawmakers urge Congress to support Sandy victims

“We are incredibly grateful for the swift, coordinated response by the President, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and state and local governments.  However, the recovery from this terrible tragedy will prove to be a lengthy and costly task,” the letter to House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) states.

“We understand FEMA may have the resources it needs at this time, but as the full brunt of Hurricane Sandy is quantified, Congress must stand ready to provide the aid and assistance to the people and communities most devastated by this storm,” it adds.

The FEMA disaster relief fund was given $7.1 billion at the beginning of October when the fiscal year began, and funding can increase by some $5 billion without offsets under the August 2011 debt-ceiling deal. House Republican appropriations aides say that it is too early to provide more funding, before a complete assessment of the damage is done. 

Senate Appropriations Committee cardinal Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCongress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ Lobbying world MORE (D-La.) is already urging a supplemental bill to fund transportation, crop and housing needs not covered by FEMA’s budget.

The letter was signed by 44 members: Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), John Larson (D-Conn.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Officials brief Congress after Iran shoots down drone | Lawmakers fear 'grave situation' | Trump warns Iran | Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales | Bombshell confession at Navy SEAL's murder trial Senate votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale Trump faces skepticism about Iran war authority from both parties MORE (D-Conn.), Robert Andrews (D-N.J.), Jon Runyan (D-N.J.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.), Steven Rothman (D-N.J.), Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Top House GOP appropriations staffer moves to lobbying shop Individuals with significant disabilities need hope and action MORE (R-N.J.), Rush Holt (R-N.J.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.), Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDem candidate 'struck by the parallels' between Trump's rise and Hitler's Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm MORE (D-N.J.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Carolyn McCarthyCarolyn McCarthyWhy Congress needs an openly atheist member, now Lobbying World Lobbying world MORE (D-N.Y.), Gary Ackerman  (D-N.Y.), Gregory Meeks  (D-N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Robert Turner (R-N.Y.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), José Serrano (D-N.Y.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).

This story was updated at 1:10 p.m.