Gridlock a concern as Sandy aid vote nears

There's concern that a comprehensive Sandy aid package may suffer from Washington gridlock. The first part of a bill to aid Hurricane Sandy victims passed

The vote is expected to take place in the House on Jan. 15.

The vote is expected to take place in the House on Jan. 15. (1/11/13)

THE BRONX - There's concern that a comprehensive Sandy aid package may suffer from Washington gridlock.

The first part of a bill to aid Hurricane Sandy victims passed Congress last week after House Speaker John Boehner initially delayed the vote.

In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a recent trend in which the federal government acted pretty quickly to provide regional aid in response to emergencies. But New York continues to wait for help more than 40 days after Sandy hit.

Rep. Jose E. Serrano, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, says he fears changes to the bill could water down the final package. Serrano, who has been in office for nearly 40 years, says he can't recall a time where federal lawmakers moved so slowly in the wake of a natural disaster.

The vote is expected to take place in the House on Jan. 15.

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