Texas Republicans have a new perspective on federal disaster aid

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"While we have yet to see the full impact of the storm, there is no doubt that the thoughtful coordination of Texas elected officials and their counterparts at all levels have helped mitigate the devastation we have seen".

The same Texas lawmakers seeking federal funds after Hurricane Harvey are hypocrites, Gov. Chris Christie said Monday, noting that some of those same lawmakers voted against sending relief to New Jersey and NY after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

It's hard to blame New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for blasting Texas Republican as "hypocrites". The storm has killed 10 people, stranded thousands and brought record flooding to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Nearly three feet of rain has fallen on the Houston area, and more is yet to come.

The senator, who is advocating for federal funds for Texas, said he is confident that the government will provide the needed resources for Harvey's victims and doubled down on his Sandy relief "no" vote, saying "there's time for political sniping later". He said 22,000 people had already applied for federal aid but that as "many as a half-a-million people in Texas will be eligible for and applying for financial disaster assistance".

Cruz accused his collegues of "political sniping" and said that it was the wrong time to discuss disaster funding.

Christie had been highly critical of members of his party when they voted against Sandy relief. "I covered many of these people, many of them, just like in Houston, lost absolutely everything they owned". "Two-thirds of that bill was unrelated spending that had nothing to do with Sandy", Cruz said Monday.

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"You guys have our home series, we'll take your home series", Ryan said . "They rejected that and didn't want to do that". Both teams are in California this weekend - the Rangers at the Oakland A's, the Astros at the Anaheim Angels.

"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, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start ..."

In a column for the Los Angeles Times on Monday, Michael Hiltzik underscored the hypocrisy of Cruz, Cornyn, and others, and concluded that there was a common ideology underlying every vote against Sandy relief: "climate change denial".

It's not yet clear what type of aid Texas and Louisiana will require in the wake of Harvey, although early estimates indicate it will likely be close to the over $50 billion spent on Sandy recovery. All but one Texan representative in Congress voted for the bill in 2013, and that was Rep. John Culberson. The maneuver angered fiscal conservatives.

But none of these largely bogus objections explain why the GOP-controlled House treated the Hurricane Sandy appropriations with all the enthusiasm normally reserved for a foreign-aid bill.

The Sandy relief package included short term aid as well as long term projects, some meant for future hurricane forecasting. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., both issued statements expressing their support for sending emergency disaster funds to Texas even though the state's politicians failed to do the same when Superstorm Sandy pummeled New Jersey in 2012.

That fight could force the government into a potentially crippling shutdown, further complicating recovery and emergency efforts in states affected by Harvey.

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