Amid Harvey's Wrath, Ted Cruz Says Focus Now on "Preservation of Life"

"As Americans, we come together during times of crisis and today New Jersey's heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas at this very hard time.During superstorm Sandy, emergency and law enforcement response contingents from around the country came to our aid", Mr Christie said in a statement.

Republican Congressman Peter King of NY called out Senator Ted Cruz of Texas by name Monday in a stinging rebuke, saying he would vote for post-Harvey aid despite fellow Republicans opposing Sandy relief.

Most prominent in recent years was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's praise a few days before the election for President Barack Obama's "concern and compassion" for Sandy's victims. Peter King and Frank LoBiondo have tweeted their lingering displeasure. In the lower chamber, most House Republicans - including 20 Texas Republicans - also opposed the disaster relief. A Hurricane Harvey relief bill is projected to dwarf the Superstorm Sandy aid package because of the historic scale of the catastrophic flooding in the aftermath. At that time, Cruz voted against providing federal aid to the state of New Jersey for storm damage. "1 bad turn doesnt deserve another". "These are people who needed money and who needed funding right after that storm", she said.

U.S. Representative Michael Capuano did not waste time Monday in piling on Texas Republicans like Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn over the duo's request for relief aid in the midst of the ongoing natural disaster now affecting Houston and the southeast region of the state. "It's not really political sniping, Senator".

Trump declared Harvey a major disaster Friday, making Texas victims eligible for relief from that fund. He said the main priority for state and federal officials right now is "the preservation of life".

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MacGuineas said that if leaders like Cruz wanted the bill paid for, they should get in front of the conversation and suggest ways to pay for it.

"I think that you're going to see very rapid action from Congress, certainly from the president ... you're going to get your funding", he said at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. "And I'm thankful for the assurances from President Trump and Vice President Pence that full federal assistance stands at the ready once we begin the recovery and rebuilding process".

"Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief", Cruz said in 2013.

Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn voted against the final Sandy aid bill, as did several of that state's House members. "The problem with that particular bill was that it turned into a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork". However, we all live in the United States of America, and we wouldn't be very "united" if we didn't come to the aid of others when devastated, would we?

In a 2013 statement after the Sandy bill passed, Cruz said the package contained what he called "billions in unrelated spending, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes and more funding for Head Start".

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