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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Urges FEMA to Remember Sandy Survivors

September 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington D.C. - Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur attended a press conference hosted by Stop FEMA Now, a citizens action group, where he was joined by Sandy victims whose homes were damaged and destroyed by the storm.  Victims warned Hurricane Irma and Harvey survivors about the mistreatment they faced at the hands of FEMA and urged the department to remember they are still recovering.

“Survivors of Superstorm Sandy have been mistreated by FEMA in New Jersey, and we need to make sure these Washington bureaucrats do not treat Hurricane Irma and Harvey victims the same way, said Congressman MacArthur.  “And while I understand the attention is rightfully focused on those suffering in the South, it’s important to remember that there are still New Jerseyans—nearly five years after Sandy—who are not back in their homes. The job is far from done in New Jersey and FEMA must not forget us.  They made many promises. It’s time for them to deliver.”  

Recently, Congressman MacArthur introduced the Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2017, which sets a statute of limitations of three years for disaster recoupment preventing FEMA from trying to “recoup” money from innocent taxpayers.

Last year, Tom MacArthur unveiled FEMA whistleblowers that were directly involved with flood insurance claims following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, exposing a systemic effort by FEMA to wrongfully deny the claims of Sandy victims.

 Congressman MacArthur also publicly called for the FEMA Chief, Craig Fugate, to resign after a report revealed that thousands of Superstorm Sandy victims had been wrongfully denied insurance claims due to corrupt and fraudulent practices. Mr. Fugate is finally gone and a new FEMA Chief will be appointed by the President.