Congress needs to pass stopgap spending legislation so that federal agencies can continue recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, according to several lawmakers and officials. "It's a very grave concern. There are a lot of people involved in the processing of [relief] applications who will not be coming to work," said Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J. "Because of the multitude of federal agencies involved in processing requests and administering various forms of aid, I fear a government shutdown could harm our Sandy recovery efforts," Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., wrote in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget.

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