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Christie slams Ted Cruz, calls him 'disgusting' while talking hurricane relief

04 September 2017

But New York and New Jersey lawmakers seeking help over Superstorm Sandy encountered stiffer resistance.

Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, Republican Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) came out swinging Wednesday, publicly criticizing two members of his own party: President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. "I was wrong, '" Christie said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". Cruz. "Today in Corpus Christi, we saw courageous Texans, for whom the work to rebuild is only just beginning".

"He's not telling the truth standing in a recovery center where people are suffering". Right? He went too early, which is ridiculous. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who opposed the Sandy supplemental spending bill for carrying "pork", said he's working to get all the local, state, and federal support he can to help constituents in his state recover. "Having said that, I don't want the people of Texas to suffer". "NY won't abandon Texas".

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Fact-checkers pounced on Cruz's statement. Cruz had an especially high profile in the fight, citing "unnecessary pork" provisions in the Sandy bill as the reasons for his opposition. "What matters is ... people waited over 65 days for federal relief aid ... during Sandy".

The debate over emergency relief funds intensified this weekend even as floodwaters continued to rise amid rainfall totals that are expected to reach 50 inches this week in some parts of Texas. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy, " he said. The Washington Post fact-checked Cruz's claim and found that claim untrue. It took only 10 days for Congress to authorize relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. So did most of Texas's House delegation.

His reasoning doesn't hold much water. If his same partisan politics were to be applied today, Republicans would again vote against the aid, since Houston votes overwhelmingly Democratic, as do other major Texas cities such as Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso. As of Monday afternoon, four of those 22 had said they would support a bill to provide relief funds to the area impacted by Harvey. But the votes by his branch of fiscally conservative Republicans suggest something different: That Congress shouldn't be in the practice of signing checks for $50 billion in taxpayer dollars, period.

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"Congresswoman Stefanik believes the federal government needs to provide the necessary resources to communities impacted by this awful storm, " said her spokesman, Tom Flanagin.

This tug-and-pull for Republicans is as old as modern-day disasters. But it is virtually guaranteed that Congress will pass sort of package will be passed by Congress soon after it returns from its August recess. The urgency of Harvey relief money comes at an inopportune time especially for congressional Republicans, who are wrestling with their own conservative consciences over raising the debt ceiling and reaching a budget deal by September 30.

Hurricane Harvey, which is finally clearing out of the half-drowned Gulf Coast, didn't just dump some 20 trillion gallons of rain on the Houston area during its reign of terror over the past week - it's also unleashed a torrent of inexcusable behavior from some of the typical suspects. Cruz & Co. can't guarantee an aid package for South Texas won't have unrelated line items in it. Last week's joint Republican appeal for help drips with irony.

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Christie slams Ted Cruz, calls him 'disgusting' while talking hurricane relief