Mrs. McCARTHY of New York. I appreciate the time.
Mr. Speaker, I also want to say thank you to Tom Cole for bringing this forward. And I want to say also to Congressman Sessions I appreciate his words.
We always fight down here; but I always knew that, in my heart, we would come together to help our constituents. We've heard from Republicans and Democrats Hurricane Sandy was not discriminating against whether you were a Republican or a Democrat. And we as New Yorkers, and people in Jersey and Connecticut, we've always been there for other parts of the country.
I think people have to understand; and by the way, a number of Republicans came into the district and they saw the disaster.
[Time: 13:20] One of your Members came and looked at Long Beach Hospital, which was underwater and will not be able to open for months. You have to understand, Long Beach was one of the areas that was hit the hardest. Thousands of people there are without their homes. I can't even tell you what these homes looked like.
I know we always hear at times that New Yorkers are rich. Let me tell you, these are little cottages. These are regular homes, blue-collar workers, hard workers, and because of this storm, their lives have been torn apart. I have seen the pain within my constituents and my small businesses, and, by the way, my health care workers, because not only were they taking care of everybody during and after the storm, they're taking care of people today because they're coming in with upper respiratory illnesses because of the mold that's in this area.
We need to do everything we can. We don't ask for much--we're pretty tough people--but we do need the help of the American people right now. We here in this body, we are representing the American people.
I just want to say thank you to everybody. I truly, truly do mean that. I always knew that we would come together. But I'm saying thank you from my constituents, because the pain that they are all suffering is unbearable for us as Members of Congress.