Trump could ask Congress for billions in hurricane relief next week

Trump could ask Congress for billions in hurricane relief next week

It has been painful to hear the master of polarizing, incendiary rhetoric babble on about non-partisanship unity amid the Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts.

While Texans are greatly relived their lawmakers are fighting for funds, states impacted by other storms are stunned, as both Cornyn and Cruz previously opposed federal funding for storm victims in the past, voting against aid to NY and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. "For folks who are focused on raising political shots and snipes about the Sandy bill, facts matter".

Well, five years is a long time, but not too long to go back and check on the internets. The Washington Post fact-checked Cruz's claim and found that claim untrue.

Christie said famously conservative Cruz was lying when he called the bill pork. Just you watch: When they finally pass a bill to help rebuild Texas after these floods, there will be debate about the provisions, but when the final vote comes, almost all Democrats will be in favor of it, because they think that the government should help its citizens, even if most of those particular citizens in this case live in a red state. Ted Cruz over his and others' opposition to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill in 2012.

As WCBS 880's Kelly Waldron reported, Christie's remarks come as Cruz pleads for help in his home state of Texas as the southeast part of the state remains in the grips of Tropical Storm Harvey.

"He talks about playing politics - that's what he did with people's lives in 2012 and 2013", Christie, a Republican, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

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Many lawmakers who voted against the Sandy legislation have since cited additional spending in initial drafts of the legislation as the reason.

Cruz, a Tea Party hero and defender of fiscal austerity, insisted he opposed the Sandy bill because it contained excessive "pork" - targeted government spending that benefits a lawmaker's constituents - unrelated to storm recovery. One of the first people to call out Cruz and Cornyn on this inconsistency was U.S. Representative Pete King, a Republican from the state of NY. Cruz, along with fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn, voted no.

Nonetheless, the 2012 Sandy aid package passed without Cruz on-board with a Senate vote of 62-36. "Going with my better angels to fight FOR Texas aid".

While speaking on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, Sen. Seven other Houston-area representatives voted against the package. The urgency of Harvey relief money comes at an inopportune time especially for congressional Republicans, who are wrestling with their own conservative consciences over raising the debt ceiling and reaching a budget deal by September 30.

"I believe we need to put an aid package together for $150 billion" for emergency relief and recovery from Harvey, House Democrat Sheila Jackson-Lee, whose Houston district remained largely underwater, told CNN.

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