Sandy Bill Critical to Storm Ravaged Northeast Transportation Systems

WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement on Senate passage of the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill (H.R.152):

“Thanks to Senate action last night residents and businesses in New York, New Jersey and other parts of the Northeast will soon receive long overdue federal relief from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The $50.5 billion package that cleared the Senate includes significant funds for restoration and improvement of the Northeast passenger and freight transportation system that took a direct hit from the hurricane.

“The storm-ravaged Northeast has waited long enough for this relief. Americans have always come to the aid of fellow Americans who are suffering. It is regrettable that obstructionists in Washington forced the people of New York and New Jersey – and their decimated homes, businesses and transportation systems – to wait this long for emergency aid.”



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TTD Applauds Passage of Overdue Sandy Relief Funding

WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issued the following statement upon passage of The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R.152):

“We are pleased that the House of Representatives put aside partisan differences tonight to deliver much needed and long overdue emergency relief funding to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and to the ravaged East Coast transportation system.

“With passage of both the Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) amendments and defeat of many possible poison pill amendments, the House finally fulfilled its responsibility to help Americans in times of need and natural disaster. While it is a shame that it took nearly three months to pass this desperately needed legislation, the regions devastated by Sandy will finally be able to rebuild homes and communities, businesses and battered infrastructure.”

Contact: Jennifer Michels,, 703.395.2195

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