FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NLC Urges House to Pass Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill Immediately; Funding Critical to Rebuilding Efforts in Suffering Cities

January 4, 2013

Washington, DC - The following statement is from Marie Lopez Rogers, President of the National League of Cities, Mayor, Avondale, AZ, in response to the House of Representatives delayed vote on aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts:

"In the wake of natural disasters, swiftness in response is crucial. More than two months have passed since Hurricane Sandy struck the Eastern Seaboard, leaving thousands of families, business, and cities suffering. They continue to unnecessarily wait for much needed federal aid to assist their rebuilding efforts.

"The new Congress must respond immediately without political gamemanship to assist state and local governments in helping their citizens. The House must act quickly today and pass the $9 billion for the national flood insurance program, and ensure that a second package gets passed later this month for the remaining $51 billion in needed storm aid.

"In the storm's aftermath, local governments of affected towns have more to do for their citizens, and fewer resources with which to help them. Directing this aid to states and cities is critical so they can help return displaced citizens to their homes and start to repair damage caused to municipal infrastructure, roadways, transit routes, schools, hospitals and businesses. Congress must remain connected to people in their cities and towns."

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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