Remember GOP in Texas opposing Aid for NY after Sandy? Now they want Aid

By Jake Johnson, staff writer | ( | – –

Ted Cruz, who voted against a relief package for states impacted by Hurricane Sandy, urged President Trump on Friday to quickly deliver aid to Texas

When Hurricane Sandy slammed New York, New Jersey, and a number of other states in 2012, Ted Cruz and more than 20 of his fellow Texas Republicans voted against an emergency aid package devoted to the areas devastated by the storm. Now that Hurricane Harvey is currently ravaging their own state, however, many of these same Republicans are changing their tune.

“The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has two-faced Texas politicians looking for the same sort of relief funding they flatly opposed five years ago.”
—Larry McShane, New York Daily News

Last Friday, Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn—two of the more vociferous opponents of the Sandy emergency aid package—sent a letter to the White House urging President Donald Trump to “provide any and all emergency protective measures available by a major disaster declaration.” The senators also called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to expedite emergency funding.

The two letters were quickly highlighted by lawmakers and commentators as shamelessly hypocritical.

“The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has two-faced Texas politicians looking for the same sort of relief funding they flatly opposed five years ago,” noted Larry McShane of the New York Daily News. “Cornyn and Cruz were among the 39 Republican senators to oppose the [Hurricane Sandy aid] package, along with 179 GOP members of the House. Republican senators further delayed the vote by trying to offset the aid with budget cuts.” Many of these senators, as ThinkProgress reported, had previously backed emergency aid packages after disasters struck their own states.

The relief was ultimately passed by Congress, 91 days after Hurricane Sandy struck.

On Sunday, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) highlighted Cruz’s about-face on hurricane relief aid, and vowed to support aid to Texas.

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“I won’t abandon Texas the way Ted Cruz did New York,” King wrote.

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.”

“[V]irtually every lawmaker who voted against the package had also denied or expressed extreme skepticism about climate change, even though it may well have magnified the impact of of the storm on low-lying districts, and may well have contributed to the devastating potency of Hurricane Harvey,” Hiltzik writes.

This climate denialism, combined with a decline in “regional cooperation,” is “a particular danger today, when the possibility—nay, probability—of future devastation from climate change, not to mention other natural occurrences, is staring us in the face,” Hiltzik concluded.

As for who will vote against aid to Texas, Hiltzik writes: “We’ll know soon enough. The bills for Harvey will be coming due very, very soon.”

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9 Responses

  1. There is a special place in Hell for them. Also look into megachurch grifter Joel Osteen. He claims to be organizing a fundraiser to aid flood victims. Does anybody else think that translates to winkling out other people’s money while keeping his wallet out of sight?

    • He finally caved in to pressure and opened the former NBA arena that he uses as a church to refugees. Given its distance from the other city stadiums and the blocking of all our highways by floodwaters, having all these facilities open is important. Even our medieval ancestors would have expected their priests to act immediately, but then they didn’t identify their churches as their private property the way the Evangelical demagogues do.

  2. Republican Texas politicians are complete and total •••hole$. The only good ONE is somewhat senile and retiring. A neo-NAZI Trumpist is running for his seat.

    It is accurate to point out this fact – Republican Texas politicians reflect their constituencies, closely.

    Suggestion for Texans – LEARN TO SWIM! And stop pleading at Trump-nanny to bail you out.


  3. What, Texas leaders had to give up an entire day of suing and defying the federal government in order to go a-begging, cap in hand? That must have hurt!

    And they haven’t shouted about secession in at least twenty minutes!

    • Why secede when you’ve put Jefferson Davis in the Dept. of Justice and Nathan Bedford-Forrest in the White House?

  4. I’d vote for the aid but publicly, vociferously, and unrelentingly skewer Cruz and his fellow Texas hypocrites. And I’m from Texas.

  5. When I see the actions of corrupt men like Cruz, Cornyn and their ilk, I hope Dante was right when he wrote the following words in “The Divine Comedy.”

    “Hope not ever to see Heaven. I have come to lead you to the other shore; into eternal darkness; into fire and into ice.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

    As the Pharaohs of Egypt commanded their scribes, “So let it be written; so let it be done.”

  6. Their excuse is that riders on the Sandy bill were “pork barrel.” Of course we’ve never seen this Congress try to blackmail the country into accepting unnecessary riders on vital legislation, have we?

    It’s not pork barrel when it benefits a true American, and Texans know White Southern Christians are the only true Americans. They’re just taking their country back by reaching into your pockets.

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