Christie: Time Has Proven Texas Lawmakers to Be 'Hypocrites'

Christie: Time Has Proven Texas Lawmakers to Be 'Hypocrites'

Christie: Time Has Proven Texas Lawmakers to Be 'Hypocrites'

Current government funding runs out on September 30.

"If there was another natural disaster", King said, "we're not going to tolerate what he did the last time".

"If out of this there's truly a paid bill that is only about Houston and rebuilding the damage that's been done, then that would give a lot of people comfort probably in terms of his leadership and his integrity to his beliefs", said the Cruz adviser.

What goes around Capitol Hill comes around Capitol Hill.

Given the lessons from Sandy, Christie called on New Jersey's federal lawmakers to resist any impulse to hold up aid to Texas. The proposed package was $50.5 billion and it easily passed. "As you know, it's going to be a very expensive situation", he told reporters in the Oval Office.

The Republican-led Congress appears likely to add an immediate infusion of aid to a temporary spending bill to prevent a government shutdown October 1, though congressional aides say the larger recovery package may take more time to develop.

Among those opposing Sandy relief were then-Rep.

"We have a long road to recovery before us, but as always the Texas spirit of determination, generosity, and perseverance will guide us forward", Cruz said.

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who also voted against the Sandy package four years ago, expressed confidence that any Harvey aid measure would secure support from conservative Republicans if it didn't include extraneous spending. NY won't abandon Texas. "1 bad turn doesn't deserve another", he tweeted over the weekend. Among the 36 senators voting against the final relief package were both Texas senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Monday night for saying critics calling him out for opposing a 2012 relief package to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy were engaging in "political sniping".

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.

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that "Republicans must be ready to join Democrats in passing a timely relief bill".

What makes the debate over the insurance program challenging is that the program already has a debt of roughly $25 billion from earlier weather disasters.

At the time, many congressional Republicans insisted on spending cuts equal to the amount allocated to Sandy. Sandy alone cost $8.4 billion initially, according to FEMA.

Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which advocates for bills where projects are paid for, said the idea of finding offsets for emergency spending would be hard.

"A long-term reauthorization is within our means and capacity", he said in an interview Monday.

The current disaster highlights stark difference between two wings of the Republican Party: more moderate Northeastern Republicans, a group from which President Donald Trump hails, and those across the South and Southwest, who often adhere to a rigid conservative ideology even, apparently, in times of crisis.

A Senate Republican aide said it was too soon to say what was needed.

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