Republicans Hate Funding Disaster Relief… Until It Helps Their Own State

Texas Republicans overwhelmingly voted against the final Sandy aid bill. The Republicans who have tried to defend these votes, including Cruz, tend to point to the fact that the Hurricane Sandy bill was filled with "pork," or unrelated, non-emergency spending.

King said he was speaking out now to "put down a marker" for Cruz and others who stood in the way of Sandy relief five years ago. What's more, the Senator - adorned in dry rain gear while standing front of a major shelter in Houston - suggested it was wrong to "exploit a disaster when people are hurting to pay for their own political wish list".

But Christie wasn't having it. Is an absolute falsehood.

So, Cruz voted to deprive those in need - including many in our area - from receiving help that was so desperately needed.

The Washington Post, meanwhile, fact-checked the senator's claim and gave it "Three Pinocchios", meaning "significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions".

Mr. Cruz said Monday on CNBC that he opposed the Sandy aid bill because he thought it included spending not tied closely enough to relief.

Several Texas Republicans did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

"We actually anticipate that as many as a half a million people in Texas will be eligible for and applying for financial disaster assistance, and we remain very confident that with the reserves and with the support in the Congress, we'll have the resources that we need", he said.

"I don't know what reason Christie has got for complaining - and I don't know if anybody has raised the issues of were we in session or were we just going to do this again without any discussion of it". Let's see how Cruz votes if there's a Harvery relief bill on the table that has billions of dollars in unnecessary spending.

He was also one of the loudest voices saying cleaning up New Jersey wasn't the government's responsibility in 2012.

Cruz flat out lied because, in typical Republican fashion, he can't tell the truth about his own hypocrisy. In particular, there was $17 billion for the account that funds Community Development Block Grants, which were aimed at Sandy relief but also could be used for eligible disaster events in calendar years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The measure eventually passed in January 2013, but not until after Cruz and others led a divisive debate over allegations that it was larded up with unnecessary spending.

King fired back on CNBC, calling Cruz a habitual liar. "Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy".

On Monday, President Donald Trump promised "full support as Texas and Louisiana battle and recover from this very devastating and historic storm" Harvey, which is now a Tropical Storm that continues to unleash destruction throughout the region. While Texans, first responders, and the National Guard risk their lives to help the victims of this natural disaster, they deserve a singular focus in emergency relief spending.

  • Leroy Wright