Statement from Congressman Chris Collins regarding Friday's vote in the House of Representatives regarding "Superstorm" Sandy relief:
"Today, the House of Representatives took action on the first of two aid packages to help people devastated by 'Superstorm' Sandy in October. I am pleased that one of my first acts as a member of Congress was to co-sponsor and vote in favor of this bill, which will provide nearly $10 billion to FEMA so it can cover flood insurance claims.
"It is important that Congress come together to do its part and provide the necessary aid to help the millions of people impacted by this natural disaster. Too many families have had their entire lives turned upside down. It is only right that the federal government help those impacted on the East Coast recover and begin to rebuild not only their homes, but their lives."
Collins made this statement following his official swearing-in:
"Today, as I took the official oath of office, I thought of the faith and trust the hardworking residents of New York's 27th Congressional District have placed in me. I am humbled by the opportunity to be their representative and their voice in the United States House of Representatives.
"As a new member of Congress, I look forward to serving on both the agriculture and small business committees. These committee assignments are a natural fit for both my experience as a small business owner and the incredibly important role agriculture plays in NY-27. In addition to fighting every day for what is best for the families of NY-27, I pledge to be a strong advocate and champion for farmers and small business owners, and their employees, not only in our own community, but all across this country.
"I begin my time in Congress at a very critical moment in our country. It is my hope that the new Congress can come together to seriously address the issues facing our nation. I look forward to being a part of the discussion and, most importantly, a part of the solutions that are necessary to curb our nation's unsustainable spending and reduce our crushing national debt. Members of Congress must start making decisions based not on political expediency, but on commonsense fiscal policy focused on ensuring prosperity of our children, grandchildren and future generations."