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Natural disasters usually bring people together. Differences are put aside as everybody pitches in to help those who were hurt and suffered losses recover. And so it was with Hurricane Sandy. All aspects of our communities and neighborhoods worked together to assist those impacted by the storm’s devastation. Frum and non-frum, jew and non-jew, people crossed the lines that generally divide us to work for the common good.
Religious institutions were at the forefront of that effort, and so it was no surprise that there was broad bipartisan support in Congress for legislation that would allow religious institutions such as Shuls and churches to be eligible for the disaster aid distributed by FEMA. The bill passed overwhelmingly, by a vote of 352-72.
What was a surprise, and a very unpleasant one at that, was how Congressman Jerry Nadler voted. Congressman Nadler’s district includes Boro Park and Coney Island, and so he should know the important role our religious institutions play and the devastation cause by Hurricane Sandy. Despite that, Congressman Nadler voted AGAINST the bill to allow religious institutions to share in disaster relief aid. But he didn’t stop with voting against the interests of the people he represents. Not content with simply voting no, Congressman Nadler rose to the floor of Congress to give an impassioned speech trying to get others in Congress to vote no, or to at least get the vote delayed. What an outrage.
When the Oklahoma City bombings damaged churches years ago, the local Congressman sponsored legislation to make sure the churches could get their fair share of FEMA aid. Our Congressman not only wouldn’t sponsor a bill to help our community institutions and wouldn’t vote for a bill once it was introduced, he actively tried to get others in Congress to vote against it.
See the video below for a video of Congressman Nadler’s speech against the legislation to help our mosdos.
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Charles Schwartz – Brooklyn
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