Chris Christie Urges Federal Aid For Hurricane Harvey, Calls Texas Republicans 'Hypocrites'

Chris Christie Urges Federal Aid For Hurricane Harvey, Calls Texas Republicans 'Hypocrites'

Chris Christie Urges Federal Aid For Hurricane Harvey, Calls Texas Republicans 'Hypocrites'

Harvey made landfall in Texas over the weekend and catastrophically flooded the Houston area.

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.

Peter King, R-N.Y., said he'd support financial aid for Harvey even though Cruz voted against aid after Superstorm Sandy. This storm has done historic damage. And it is expected to drop another two feet of rain before it is done.

Senator Ted Cruz, notably, said of Sandy aid in 2013, "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".

"But as badly as I feel toward Ted Cruz, and what a hypocrite he is, I'm not going to take it out on the people of Texas". "Unlike so many representatives from Texas who tried to block the Sandy Relief bill, when Congress returns next week we will work to provide appropriate relief to Houston". Now to me that's interesting, because many of their members, including their senator, voted against the very same aid for the people who suffered under Sandy.

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

Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee whose district includes storm-struck Houston, told Bloomberg TV: "We will need to put together an emergency supplemental appropriations bill".

The debate delayed the passage of the Sandy relief package by several weeks. To attract votes from some reluctant senators for what was considered a must-pass bill, congressional leaders added provisions that were unrelated to the 2012 storm.

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LoBiondo famously labeled numerous dissenting lawmakers "the hypocritical caucus" during a fiery January 2013 speech on the House floor, where he railed against lawmakers reluctant to support Sandy aid.

Gov. Chris Christie reminded reporters at an event on Monday. "This a working time where he sits with [Texas] Governor [Greg] Abbott and they figure out what's really needed ... and it will form the basis of a relationship that's going to continue for months going forward to make sure that challenges are met".

These New York and New Jersey congressmen have called the group who voted against the $50.5 billion aid package the "Comeuppance Caucus", the Texas Tribune reports.

Christie sent a task force to Texas on Sunday night to help with rescue and recovery efforts.

A wide array of federal agencies, and more than 8,500 federal officials are working in the two states. "What matters is ... people waited over 65 days for federal relief aid ... during Sandy".

"I would say to the lawmakers of Texas, now you know what it's like, and now you should know, as we learned in Sandy, this kind of flood instance and the time of help FEMA gives is essential", Schumer said.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said they expect the system to stay over water with 45 miles per hour winds before heading back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday.

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