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Governor Cuomo issued his strongest comments yet against what he calls “partisan bickering” in Washington over whether the federal government should spend the money to help victims of Hurricane Irene.
Some Republicans in Congress, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, have said that any disaster relief monies for victims of Hurricane Irene should be offset by budget cuts in other areas.
Governor Cuomo, who has been working with federal officials for days to funnel aid to New York’s flood-ravaged regions, is increasingly annoyed by those sentiments. He says “enough with the partisan bickering” at what he says is “the expense of the people of this country.”
“A person has three feet of mud in their home,” said Cuomo. “There’s no Democratic or Republican way to shovel the mud out of the house.”
Cuomo says government should just perform its “vital function” and finance what he says is an “urgent need”. He says there will be plenty of time to “play the politics” later.