Republicans Hate Funding Disaster Relief… Until It Helps Their Own State

Kristen Gonzales
September 3, 2017

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston, Texas last weekend, submerging entire communities and killing in the double digits. NY state spent $574 for recovery, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the following year.

Meanwhile, some people may be able to return to their homes today or tomorrow to start learning about their damages, and FEMA will be working to help people who need places to live find housing, said Cruz.

As historic floods wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast, north-eastern Republicans recalled the days after Superstorm Sandy ravaged their region in 2012. "And I'll tell you, my focus, and I wish the focus of others would be, on saving the lives that are being threatened". And a simple fact is that Sandy bill was over $50 billion and 70 percent of it was nonemergency.

At the time, Rep. Tom McClintock of Elk Grove said that "a tragedy like Hurricane Sandy shouldn't be used for a grab-bag of spending".

Cruz, at the time, complained that two-thirds of the bill "is not remotely emergency spending" - a complaint about how most of the money would not be spent for years.

Numerous items that Cruz dismissed as "unrelated pork" were actually long-term projects to help the area recover from Hurricane Sandy and develop more resilient public infrastructure.

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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.

The head of the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee said the panel was prepared to provide the funding needed. For eight years, things like tax reform, you know, things that should be done with the Republican congress and Republican president.

"The shoe is now on the other foot, " said Sen.

Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic flooding is, unfortunately, very, very real for these numerous same Republicans who were able to keep previous disasters at a safe distance. Facts do matter. And in this case, the facts are not on Cruz's side.

Uh, no, said Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, who walked through the bill line item by line item. Cruz was the most outspoken about it saying, "two-thirds of the bill had nothing to do with Sandy". "My sense is that they'd want a relief aid package to be a standalone that doesn't have a lot of unrelated stuff added on", said Alyssa Farah, spokeswoman for the conservative House Freedom Caucus. While some may argue that Cruz's comments and actions towards the citizens of NY - the same people he is now asking for assistance - have painted him in a very poor light, the fact remains that Hurricane Harvey is an epic disaster that is destroying lives and property, with some arguing that the situation calls for a sense of gravitas devoid of petty political squabbling.

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