TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – As some of the hardest hit towns continue to try to recover from superstorm Sandy, local officials have voiced optimism for Tuesday’s planned aid vote in the House of Representatives.
Congress was scheduled to vote on a $51 billion federal storm aid package. But objections to so-called pork making its way into the original measure have led House Republicans to draft their own $17 billion package.READ MORE: Strong Winds Topple Jersey City Home Under Construction; 'Devastated' Neighbors Left Homeless: 'It's A Disaster Right Now'
Still, local leaders said assistance is needed now.
“I’m looking forward to it passing. I can’t imagine that it won’t,” Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith. “Our expenses are overwhelming.”
The smaller package is far less than what President Obama had asked Congress for and less than what had already passed in the Senate. A $9.7 billion flood insurance claims measure has already passed.