Cruz, Cornyn Show Texas-sized Hypocrisy on Disaster Funding

30 August, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Irene Delgado

Members of the so-called Cajun Navy, a group of Louisiana civilians with experience during the deadly 2005 Hurricane Katrina, made the journey to Texas with their small boats and watercraft and have made several rescues to assist overwhelmed local authorities.

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that "Republicans must be ready to join Democrats in passing a timely relief bill". He said Cornyn never opposed disaster relief; he voted in favor of a more limited package in 2012. Congress must act to keep the government running after its funding expires October 1, raise the government's borrowing limit and authorize new funding for children's health insurance, all at a time of flaring tensions between President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.

The storm comes as Washington was gripped with a budget battle and little time to resolve differences.

That includes funding the government in fiscal year 2018, which begins October 1.

Harvey could upend that budget fight, pressuring politicians to reach a quick resolution.

Cruz also opposed the larger aid package. "The committee is monitoring the situation in Texas closely", said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for the Republican majority on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The economic impact of major storms can be severe.

If you turn back the clock to October of 2012, you may recall a Hurricane named Sandy.

With Republicans now in charge of the White and both houses of Congress, Republicans are likely to fast-track federal aid for Harvey victims.

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Unfortunately, even while Texans literally bail themselves out and prepare for the deluge to come, official Washington looks to settle scores from years ago. He plans to visit Texas on Tuesday to see storm-hit areas.

Senior lawmakers are calling on Congress to provide emergency disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey as images of flooded streets and homes highlighted the extent of the damage in Texas.

Officials say there's no way to estimate the damage totals yet.

At the same time, Mick Mulvaney, now the OMB director, should feel a tinge of embarrassment over his 2018 budget proposal that called for an 11 percent cut in the FEMA budget. They could come under pressure to boost FEMA's budget, however, particularly because the Atlantic hurricane season is only about half over and there could be more risky storms.

Peter King, R-N.Y., said he'd support financial aid for Harvey even though Cruz voted against aid after Superstorm Sandy.

Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st of Camden, said he also would support disaster funding for Texas.

"Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start", he said then.

The Republican governor said Monday at an unrelated event he hopes Texas doesn't endure the delayed disaster relief vote New Jersey went through in 2013 after Sandy devastated his state.

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