Does Texas deserve federal aid after opposing the Hurricane Sandy relief bill? | The Tylt
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused Texas Republicans of being "hypocrites" for seeking Hurricane Harvey federal aid after opposing similar measures in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. While many believe Texas should receive all the funding it needs, others are hesitant to write a blank check to a state that refused to do the same when other states were in need. What do you think?
Does Texas deserve federal aid after opposing the Hurricane Sandy relief bill?
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has been criticized for doing a total 180 on emergency federal aid. After he refused to back a 2012 bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, Cruz and other Texas representatives are now urging their fellow lawmakers to support emergency funding for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
Cruz defended accusations of hypocrisy by claiming the Hurricane Sandy bill was pork-ridden.
“The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy.”
But Gov. Chris Christie isn't buying it.
In an MSNBC appearance, Christie called out Ted Cruz for lying about the Sandy relief bill, stating it was "an absolute falsehood that two-thirds of the $50 billion did not go to Sandy aid." Christie also accused Cruz of using the Hurricane Sandy bill for his own political gain.
Still, Christie urged members of Congress to "stand up and do the right thing" despite the lack of compassion shown by many Texas lawmakers.
"Let’s remember what Senator Cruz was trying to do at the time. He was trying to be the most conservative, the most fiscally conservative, person in the world. And what I said at the time ... is that someday it’s going to come to Texas ... a disaster is going to come to you. And when it does, I’m going to promise him that New Jersey congress people will stand up and do the right thing.”
Texas representatives are urging their fellow congressmen to put politics aside in considering emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey.
TX GOP Rep. Randy Weber, who opposed Sandy funding, says he hopes Congress will put politics aside to help Texas after Harvey.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 29, 2017
But many are still questioning whether Republicans from the Lone Star State should be rewarded for bad behavior.
"The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has two-faced Texas politicians looking for the same sort of relief funding they flatly opposed five years ago when Sandy pounded New York and New Jersey."
Despite the hypocrisy of Texas Republicans, many representatives have promised to provide Texas with the aid it needs.