"I see Sen. Cruz and it's disgusting to me that he stands in a recovery center with victims standing behind him as a backdrop and he's still repeating the same reprehensible lies about what happened with Sandy", Christie said on CNN.
New Jersey and New York City have dispatched search and rescue teams to Texas who have experience with Superstorm Sandy. "And I'll tell you, my focus, and I wish the focus of others would be on saving the lives that are being threatened", Cruz said before describing his efforts to help relieve the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. In fact, a Congressional Research Service report found that virtually all of that $50 billion spending bill would go directly to Sandy relief and recovery.
While amusing, the tweet is a reminder of the long, painful, and ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Rep. Poe echoed their talking points Tuesday evening on PBS, saying the Sandy relief bill contained too much money for things that had nothing to do with the storm, and that the funding bill for Harvey will ask for funding only for Harvey relief. Cruz claims the Hurricane Sandy request was riddled by pork-barrel politics that explain his opposition to helping New Jersey. "Part of that Sandy bill was money for fisheries in Alaska". Luckman said most of the remaining clients are dealing with contractor fraud or need assistance getting funding for repairs from the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
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Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. "And well we should, by speeding more than $50 billion to FEMA and other agencies", said then-Rep. But the worse crime here is to demand spending cuts in exchange for support as Republicans did for Katrina and Sandy.
GOP Sen. Tom Cole told Politico that Congress could take time to assess the damage of the storm, but he stressed the body would pass something. "This a working time where he sits with [Texas] Governor [Greg] Abbott and they figure out what's really needed ... and it will form the basis of a relationship that's going to continue for months going forward to make sure that challenges are met".
Cruz dismissed as "political insults" reminders that he and others in the delegation withheld support for the Sandy supplemental spending bill pushed by NY and New Jersey lawmakers. The Post rated the claim three Pinocchios which indicates significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions. Representatives in Washington have a duty to help hurricane victims, but they also have an obligation to wisely use and distribute taxpayer resources in the process.
And, as always, though Cruz is throwing around accusations of political exploitation in bills like the Sandy disaster relief fund, the fact of the matter is that it's the people who suffer for politicking like his.