Rep. Pete King Will Support Aid to Texas Despite 'Hypocrite' Ted Cruz

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But, he said, Texas has nothing to worry about.

A report Friday from CoreLogic estimated that Hurricane Harvey would cause $39.6 billion of damage alone to homes in its immediate path. Now Houston is facing worsening flooding as Harvey, now a tropical storm, continues to dump more rain on the city in the coming days. They voted against it in large part because it wasn't offset with spending cuts, meaning it would add to the deficit, and the relief dollars were massively spread out, the Washington Time reported. But we're not going to pay anybody back because of political idiocy.

By the time Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey and NY in 2012, offsetting any new spending had become a key tenet for most Republicans, so when then-President Barack Obama pushed for a $60 billion package of federal aid, it sparked more than three months of partisan sparring - a delay that left Democrats and northeastern Republicans fuming while the remainder of the GOP fulminated against the threat of a growing national debt and the inclusion of spending they deemed extraneous in the aid package.

Tur mentioned that Cruz voted for aid against Sandy, but now he is asking for money for Texas. On Monday, he told NBC News that the bill was "filled with unrelated pork" and that "two-thirds" of it had "nothing to do with Sandy". Many Republicans opposed the full $51 billion aid package, which included a $34 billion amendment by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., that included grants for housing and other repairs patterned after the Katrina response.

Correspondent Katy Tur interrupted Cruz after he called a 2013 relief package, meant to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy, "political sniping". "It was simply politicians wasting money". Fortunately the areas affected by Sandy did get the relief aid they needed, just as we should hope and expect that those affected by Harvey will get the relief aid that they need.

Attaching the relief funding to a six-month continuing resolution to keep the government open would, however, introduce another degree of uncertainty, due to Trump's desire to fund a wall along the US-Mexico border in any funding bill. Opponents argued that the Sandy package funded things unrelated to the disaster.

This climate denialism, combined with a decline in "regional cooperation", is "a particular danger today, when the possibility-nay, probability-of future devastation from climate change, not to mention other natural occurrences, is staring us in the face", Hiltzik concluded.

Cruz also expressed confidence that the storm's victims will receive the help they need from the federal government. I think this is separate.

"The damage is going to be very extensive", he said. She noted that the National Flood Insurance Program - now $24 billion in debt - is due to expire at the end of September.

Congressional Republicans have not spelled out their plan for dealing with the budget and a related, must-pass increase in the federal debt ceiling.

But the Sandy name was on the bill, it was not palatable for fiscal conservatives, and I agree with Legal Insurrection's Fuzzy Slippers-the Democrats knew it would trash Republicans, who suffered a bruising and demoralizing 2012 campaign season.

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