Sen. Cruz: Hurricane Harvey Not Time For 'Political Sniping'


Rep. King: NY won't 'abandon' Texas despite 'hypocrite' Ted Cruz

The fight over federal assistance came the following year. Democrats and Republicans were eager to promise full cooperation.

People push a stalled pickup through a flooded street in Houston, after Tropical Storm Harvey dumped heavy rains, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

Mr. Ellis, of the taxpayers' group, said that previous disaster bills taken up by Congress had been stuffed with more flagrant examples of pork-barrel spending.

Okay-so, we're back to this crap again.

That staggering amount is 2.5 times the funding approved by Congress and allocated by the federal government following superstorm Sandy, which caused widespread devastation in eastern states including New York, New Jersey and Maryland when it struck in October 2012.

Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., said he will support an aid package for hurricane-hit Texas despite opposition from Sen.

That wasn't lost on some of the New Yorkers who battled for money from Sandy.

"Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy", Cruz argued.

"NY wont abandon Texas", King tweeted.

Culberson was the only Texas Republican to vote for a $50.5 billion measure providing disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2013.

The limited time frame is expected to complicate lawmakers' ability to find consensus on broad changes to the flood program, congressional aides said. But, he said, the Hurricane Sandy bill followed a pattern established in the era of Tom DeLay, the House Republican leader from 2003 to 2005: Congress adopts hard caps on spending to prove its fiscal discipline, then uses emergency spending bills to get around those caps. "It was simply politicians wasting money".

We were the disaster that was the longest in waiting in terms of getting federal aid, and I hope that's not what happens to the folks in Texas from Harvey, and I can tell you this. Trump declared Harvey a major disaster Friday, making Texas victims eligible for relief from that fund. In the lower chamber, most House Republicans - including 20 Texas Republicans - also opposed the disaster relief. "Well said, @RepPeteKing. #Harvey". I think this is separate.

"It was very bloated", he said. However, even the Post slyly admits that much of the Sandy relief bill was not direct relief funding and would be strung out over a long period of time - and even that some of the funding was completely unrelated to Sandy.

Wall Street analysts estimated insured losses of up to $20 billion, making Harvey one of the costliest storms in history for USA insurers. She noted that the National Flood Insurance Program - now $24 billion in debt - is due to expire at the end of September. "We must support each other".

All the while, deficits are projected to continue growing. In 2005, Pence, who was then a congressman from IN, led an effort called Operation Offset aimed at requiring deep spending cuts to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief.

Mr. Pence is now the vice president, which could add pressure to the administration to try to find cuts to offset spending for Harvey recovery.

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