Hurricane Harvey And The Potential Hypocrisy Of Texas Republicans

So far, the Trump administration hasn’t determined whether additional funds will be needed, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said Monday on Bloomberg Television.

Ted Cruz voted “nay” on a 2013 Hurricane Sandy relief bill, arguing it was “filled with pork”.

Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi.

Many Republicans at the time said they took issue with unrelated spending that was attached to the Sandy bill, though most of the funding was directed at helping the storm’s victims.

But Texas Republicans latched onto the notion that the Sandy relief package was full of wasteful spending.

“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid”.

“There’ll be plenty of time for politics and I’m not going to worry about political sniping”, said the man who shut down the entire government because of political sniping. FEMA also has the authority to shift money into its disaster relief fund from other accounts.

“It’s not really political sniping, Senator”, Tur interrupted.

“He [Cornyn] voted for Sandy relief, just not the package that became law”, Brandywine said. And joining Cruz in opposing it was the state’s other senator, John Cornyn (who’s now that chamber’s majority whip).

“We will need to put together an emergency supplemental appropriations bill”, Republican John Culberson, a senior member of the House spending panel who represents Houston, said in a Bloomberg Television interview.

As of late Monday afternoon, only House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions’ staff responded and ― no shocker here ― the lawmaker has no reservations about supporting aid for Texas.

The administration says it will make sure Texas gets what it needs.

Culberson was joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California in calling for a bill.

“Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy”.

Despite the lack of support from their Texas colleagues five years ago, several lawmakers from New Jersey and NY are stepping forward to say they’ll support additional appropriations for The Lone Star State’s recovery, which was estimated to be $40 billion by CoreLogic, a company that conducts property and financial analysis. Hardly anyone expects Mulvaney to insist that those emergency dollars be paid for with cuts elsewhere. For instance, Cruz singled out Head Start, a federal program that helps prepare low-income children under the age of 5 for school, as “unrelated spending”, despite the fact that the money Head Start asked for would have explicitly gone to repairing centers that had been damaged by Sandy.

After all, they could explain their “yes” vote by simply focusing on the need to keep the government open.

Harvey’s cost could reach $30 billion when including the impact on the labor force, power grid, transportation and other elements that support the region’s energy sector, Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research, said in an email Monday.

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