Three years ago, Superstorm Sandy was barreling toward our shores.
By the time it swept through, Sandy had become the most damaging hurricane since Katrina: our streets and tunnels were flooded, hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed, and 160 Americans had lost their lives.
Almost three years later, communities in our district are still recovering, and some victims are still fighting to get the funds they need to rebuild. Meanwhile, FEMA is attempting to claw funds back from some survivors who were overpaid through no fault of their own. These aren’t people who have committed fraud – they’re victims who used whatever money they got to rebuild, and they don’t deserve to be thrown into debt three years later because the government made a mistake.
That’s why I’m co-sponsoring legislation to prevent FEMA from clawing back funds from Sandy victims unless there is clear evidence of fraud, and I’m calling on the government to postpone these debt collection efforts until Congress considers our bill.
We’ve made real progress over the past three years. We’ve shown that we won’t give up, that we will keep working together to rebuild our communities and bounce back stronger than ever. But we still have a long way to go on the road to full recovery, and I’ll keep fighting until we get there.