NJ Congressmen Blast Colorado Reps For Hypocrisy

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U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two New Jersey Congressmen criticized four Colorado Republican representatives this week for seeking money for their constituents from the Hurricane Sandy aid package they voted against.

Colorado Republicans Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton co-sponsored a bill to obtain money from the $50 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package that Congress approved earlier this year to help their own state recover from deadly flooding that took place last month.

“The images coming out of Colorado following the devastating flooding are heart wrenching,” said Rep.  Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) in a statement Monday.  “It’s in times of crisis that Americans come together to help our neighbors.  Unfortunately that was not the case with several of my colleagues when victims of Hurricane Sandy desperately needed aid.  Now, some of these very Congressmen are shamelessly proving just how hypocritical they are by using the same Sandy funding they voted against to help their constituents.”

“Northeast lawmakers support legislation to rebuild Colorado and help flood victims because we believe Americans come together in times of crisis, not when it’s convenient,” Pascrell added.

Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo was also critical of what he termed the “Hypocrisy Caucus.”

The House passed the bill Monday before the federal government shutdown began.

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