Campaign 2010

Oct 28, 2013

On One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Congressman Grimm Is Putting Politics Ahead Constituents

One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City, Congressman Michael Grimm is still putting politics ahead of the people he represents who were affected by the storm.  In one year since Hurricane Sandy, at every opportunity Congressman Grimm has chosen to side with the Tea Party and Washington special interests groups and abandon his constituents who are still trying to rebuild from the storm.  Even though John Boehner delayed Sandy relief and denied New Yorkers desperately needed resources for three months, Congressman Grimm still voted to make him Speaker of the House.  Then when Congressman Grimm was forced to make the choice between delaying Sandy Aid by shutting down the government, or finding a responsible solution; Congressman Grimm chose a reckless shutdown over the Sandy victims he represents. 

“In the one year since Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, Congressman Michael Grimm has repeatedly chosen reckless party politics over New Yorkers who are still struggling to recover from the storm,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Congressman Grimm turned his back on Sandy Victims and voted to make John Boehner the Speaker of the House even though he delayed relief aid for thousands of New Yorkers in need.  Congressman Grimm couldn’t care less that the reckless shutdown jeopardized Sandy aid for thousands of New Yorkers because his only concern was siding with irresponsible Washington brinkmanship.” 

Sandy Aid “was Greased for Passage,” But Speaker Boehner “Refused to Bring it to the Floor.” “The aid package was greased for passage before the last Congress adjourned and the new one came in on Jan. 3. But Speaker John Boehner refused to bring it to the floor after two-thirds of House Republicans voted against a ‘fiscal cliff’ deficit-reduction deal raising taxes on couples making more than $450,000 a year while deferring some $24 billion in spending cuts to defense and domestic programs.” [Associated Press, 1/28/13]

  •  Sandy Aid Package was Passed “Three Months after Superstorm Sandy Devastated” the Region. “Three months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the coastal areas of New Jersey and New York, Congress finally passed a $50.5 billion bill to rebuild homes, businesses, utilities, mass transit and other critical infrastructure. Meanwhile, thousands of those dispossessed by the storm shivered in temporary housing and shelters during the Northeastern winter. This delay does no credit to the Congress.” [Newsday, McFeatters Op-Ed, 1/29/13]

Grimm Voted to Re-elect Boehner Speaker of the House even After Boehner had Delayed the Vote on the Sandy Relief Bill. In January 2013, Grimm voted to re-elect John Boehner Speaker of the House. Boehner received 220 votes in support of his election as Speaker, winning with “a bare majority.” During the week that Boehner was elected speaker, he was criticized for delaying the vote on the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill. [The Hill, 1/3/13; 113th Congress, Vote #2, 1/3/13]

Congressman Grimm Backed Multiple Government Appropriations Plans that led to the Shutdown. In September 2013, Grimm voted for four House Republican continuing resolutions plans that essentially guaranteed a government shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law.” [Washington Post, 9/30/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; HJ Res 59, Vote #497, 9/29/13; HJ Res 59, Vote #498, 9/29/13; HJ Res 59, Vote #504, 9/30/13]

Mayor Bloomberg: Shutdown Delayed “Vital and Mandatory” Aid for Hurricane Sandy Victims. “Mayor Bloomberg on Sunday urged Congress to solve the shutdown crisis before it starts to really hurt victims of Hurricane Sandy, many of whom are reliant on federal aid to rebuild. ‘Because Community Development Block Grants and other types of federal aid require approvals and constant correspondence with federal officials, we have been advised that delays in vital and mandatory tasks are inevitable,’ the mayor said in his weekly radio address.” [New York Post, 10/06/13]

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