"I would like to thank the Members of Congress who voted for relief for the families and businesses that suffered the ravages of Sandy. Every American who has ever needed help after a natural disaster knows exactly how important it is that we stick together as a nation and support one another in times of need.
"These funds will help these communities get back on their feet more quickly. Top priority now should be making them safer and more resilient in a world where scientists say that extreme weather events will become routine. As Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg both stressed after the storm, we must also start tackling the climate problem itself if we want to avoid worse things to come."
-- Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense Fund