On disaster relief, Republicans go beyond hypocrisy

Toni Houston
September 3, 2017

The Fact Checker ends up giving Cruz "Three Pinocchios" out of four. It has been painful to hear the master of polarizing, incendiary rhetoric babble on about non-partisanship unity amid the Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts.

Republican Congressman Peter King of NY called out Senator Ted Cruz of Texas by name Monday in a stinging rebuke, saying he would vote for post-Harvey aid despite fellow Republicans opposing Sandy relief.

Well, five years is a long time, but not too long to go back and check on the internets. Cruz and it's disgusting to me that he stands in a recovery center with victims standing behind him as a backdrop and he's still repeating the same reprehensible lies about what happened in Sandy.

"I know we have the commitment of the president", said Cruz. "Ted's particularly good at that".

Cruz continued by decrying the plight of Hurricane Harvey victims and wishing that "others" would focus on helping them like he did.

He also said "there's a lot of irony that Texans are now seeking this kind of relief", but he would back a bill pushed by the Texas congressional delegation to help those hurt by Harvey, considered the most expensive storm in US history.

Now Cruz and his cohorts say it's time to set aside politics and for the federal government to step up for Texas.

"Almost all of the spending in the 50 billion dollar bill was for NY and New Jersey and some of the other areas that got affected by Sandy for hurricane relief", Christie said. "Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy". He was also one of the loudest voices saying cleaning up New Jersey wasn't the government's responsibility in 2012. It's certainly prudent to be thinking ahead about how to craft an effective relief bill after the fourth largest city in the United States is mowed down by a natural disaster of unprecedented proportions. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate Republicans' No. 2, also ultimately voted against it.

As Harvey continues to slam the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, Congress is already starting to plan how to address the need for disaster recovery, rebuilding of infrastructure, and reshaping of affected areas.

Cruz took things even further during a Wednesday morning interview on "Fox & Friends". Seven other Houston-area representatives voted against the package. And White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who will be responsible for preparing any disaster request for President Donald Trump, opposed a 2013 Sandy aid package as a SC congressman, offering a plan to cut elsewhere in the budget to pay for it.

Multiple, targeted bills: According to Politico's Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris, one idea from Republicans is to dole out money for Harvey relief over a series of bills that target specific needs.

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