In response to Palazzo’s no vote on Sandy aid, Baria files resolution

State Rep. David Baria is pushing a resolution urging Congress to quickly appropriate billions to aid families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo faced a national backlash over his vote as one of 67 House members last week who opposed $9.7 billion in funding for the National Flood Insurance Program for claims arising from Sandy. But that measure ultimately passed and President Barack Obama signed it Sunday.

Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, offered the resolution Wednesday, which urges Congress to pass a comprehensive $60 billion Sandy aid package Obama has requested to address the costs associated with response to and recovery from the storm. Baria said he offered the measure up in part in response to Palazzo’s vote, but also to show those affected that Mississippi, which quickly received tens of billions in federal aid following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, understands their plight.

“What I am trying to convey, primarily to the members of Congress from New York and New Jersey, is that we are empathetic to your problem because we have been through it, and we’ll likely go through it again,” Baria said.

Sun Herald
1/9/13