Temporary Increase in Borrowing Authority for National Flood Insurance Programby Former Representative Michael G. Grimm
Posted on 2013-01-04
GRIMM. Madam Chair, I'd like to just take 15 seconds to tell
Chairman Garrett how much I appreciate his bringing this bill to the
floor today. He and his wife came to my district. He came to Midland
Beach and was in one of the homes, several of the homes, that were
completely devastated, pulling out moldy sheetrock and bringing a
little hope to people in complete despair. For that, I will eternally
be grateful. And I really do thank my chairman for that compassion in
letting the people, even outside of his own district, know that he's
there and he cares about them.
I would also like to share with you: I called someone this morning from Staten Island that lives in New Dorp Beach. They have a teenaged son named Dylan. And they haven't been back in their home since the storm. And I asked, ``How are your two sons doing?'' And they said, ``They are doing great, but Dylan, he hasn't gone back to the house to help with the construction because he gets choked up.'' And it's that that I want to emphasize here. These are human beings--human beings, children--that have been completely displaced. And it's up to us to get them back on their feet.
So today is one of those steps that I'm proud to be a part of and tell Dylan that he's going to be okay, we're getting him back in his house. And I would ask that as we go forward with the other parts of Sandy relief that my colleagues will stand with me and tell Dylan that he's going to be okay and we're going to get him back in his house.
With that, again, I want to thank all of my colleagues across the aisle. It's been a pleasure to work with you, and we have a lot of work to do. And I want to thank Chairman Garrett one more time. Thank you, Chairman.