WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on the House of Representatives to pass a sweeping relief bill that would provide over 60 billion dollars for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, which struck the country late last year.
In a statement issued here, Obama said that two months after the disaster, citizens in affected states such as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut "are still trying to put their lives back together," and the states "are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure."
The president noted that while the Senate has passed his administration's request on relief funding, the House of Representatives "has refused to act, even as there are families and communities who still need our help to rebuild."
He urged "Republicans in the House of Representatives" to support the request, "bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay."
Sandy made landfall in New Jersey in late October, affecting 24 U.S. states, killing over 100 people and causing at least 60 billion dollars of damage. The U.S. Senate on Dec. 28 approved the emergency relief bill put forward by Obama.