NJ, NY Republicans Attack TX Colleagues for 'Hypocrisy'

NJ, NY Republicans Attack TX Colleagues for 'Hypocrisy'

NJ, NY Republicans Attack TX Colleagues for 'Hypocrisy'

She noted that the National Flood Insurance Program - now $24 billion in debt - is due to expire at the end of September.

Of course not. As I said at the time, hurricane funding is a very important federal responsibility, and I would have eagerly supported funding for that.

"I'll be urging all the members, even though I'm sure there's going to be some temptation by New Jersey House members in particular to drag their feet a little bit based upon what these folks in Texas did to us during Sandy", Christie said. Senator Cruz said that there will be a "long road" to recovering from the damage.

What goes around Capitol Hill comes around Capitol Hill. Trump threatened last week to shut down the government if Congress did not agree to $1.6 billion in funding to start building his proposed wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

"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", Cruz said in the statement.

New Jersey politicians remember all too well that members of Congress from Texas dragged their feet in providing aid when Hurricane Sandy hit the Garden State with a vengeance nearly five years ago.

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Among those opposing Sandy relief were then-Rep. Only nine Republicans voted for the main Sandy aid in the Senate.

Cruz said, "T$3 he city of Houston and the Texas Gulf coast is reeling".

GOP Rep. Peter King of NY said Saturday on Twitter: "Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I'll vote 4 Harvey aid". "One bad turn doesn't deserve another".

"Ted Cruz and Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I'll vote for Harvey aid", King tweeted.

A Washington Post fact check gave Cruz three of four Pinocchios for his claim, mostly centering on the fact that Cruz said two-thirds of the Sandy relief bill was unrelated to the storm.

The Sandy relief package passed after weeks of criticism from Christie and other political leaders.

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Cruz, a Tea Party hero and defender of fiscal austerity, insisted he opposed the Sandy bill because it contained excessive "pork" - targeted government spending that benefits a lawmaker's constituents - unrelated to storm recovery. Sandy alone cost $8.4 billion initially, according to FEMA. But, he said, Texas has nothing to worry about. "We have an opportunity to open up this marketplace to competition and to make it more affordable".

Congress is expected to pass a short-term spending bill in September before current government funds run out at the end of the month.

While lawmakers agree the program's ills need to be addressed, they have been at odds over how to stabilize it.

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