Gov. Cuomo is pressuring Republicans in the House of Representatives to finally take up the $60.4 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy relief.

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“As Congress returns to Washington to confront the federal government’s significant fiscal challenges, the members of the House of Representatives cannot and must not ignore the critical needs still facing New Yorkers, and our entire region, in the wake of Sandy,” said Cuomo.

“The President has emphatically endorsed our region’s request for aid and the Senate voted to move the package forward with bi-partisan support. A final vote of approval is expected today. It is now up to the House to come together the same way the Senate did and act.”

Cuomo is also urging lawmakers to use the time they are in Washington negotiating the so-called “fiscal cliff” to take up the aid package as well–essentially instructing them to walk and chew gum at the same time.

“While a fiscal cliff deal remains elusive, passing the Sandy aid package should not be a matter impacted, much less stalled, by the same partisan contention or parliamentary process,” said Cuomo.

Cuomo goes a step further by claiming New York has been treated differently than other states when it comes to storm relief, inferring partisan politics has crippled the people’s business.

“Every time there has been a storm or disaster even close to the size and scope of Sandy, regardless of the region of the country, the House has approved billions of dollars in supplemental aid — $290 billion in total since 1989 as part of 35 separate supplemental appropriations bills. North, South, East and West, the House has always acted and acted quickly. Except now.”

A final vote on the storm aid is expected in the Senate later today.