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GILLIBRAND STATEMENT ON SENATE’S REJECTION OF HOUSE POLITICAL GAMES ON DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING

September 23, 2011

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement today after voting against the House of Representative’s attempt to play politics with FEMA disaster relief funding:

“Americans have always stood by those who are suffering and need relief to help rebuild. That’s exactly what we need to do right now for families and businesses struggling to recover from the trail of devastation that Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee left across New York State. No one can question the suffering these New Yorkers have endured, but the House is leaving them hanging out to dry.

“Communities across the country trying to dig out from these storms and other natural disasters can’t afford any more political games in Washington. They need us to set the right priorities, come together, and do what’s right so we can rebuild from these disasters.”

Last week, Senator Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues in the Senate to provide New Yorkers and all Americans suffering from natural disasters with the proper relief they need.