U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) joined a bipartisan majority in Congress (Roll no. 23) in approving H.R. 152 which provided for $50.7 billion in emergency funding for relief and recovery efforts as a result of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in late October.
"Tonight, my colleagues and I voted to provide desperately needed resources to assist those who are still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It is a testament to how great a nation we are when we can come together in a time of crisis and give a helping hand to our fellow Americans in need," said Marino.
Superstorm Sandy, which hit the east coast states on October 29 and 30, 2012, killed nearly 130 people, destroyed many homes, and severely damaged the infrastructure, especially in New York and New Jersey. Some recent projections indicate that Sandy may end up being the second most costly storm in our nation's history.
Marino added, "The 10th Congressional district saw a tremendous outpouring of support when our region was impacted by the devastating floods from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. We were able to work with the federal, state, and local governments to secure the necessary resources, and we have made progress along the road to recovery. With federal assistance, those who suffered loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy will also start to rebuild."