Sen. Ted Cruz Opposed Hurricane Sandy Relief, Wants Money For Texas Floods (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Sen. Ted Cruz.Sen. Ted Cruz.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas opposed $51 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey in 2013.

But this week, the Republican senator called for federal aid for counties in Texas that have been damaged by flooding, noted Bloomberg Politics (video below).

"One of the things that is inspiring in this time of challenge is how Texans come together. We're seeing cooperation with state government, local government and the federal government, all standing together at a time of great challenge," Cruz stated at a press conference.

According to KSAT, Cruz toured flood-damaged areas in Texas earlier this week and stated:

"Democrats and Republicans in the congressional delegation will stand as one in support of the federal government meeting its statutory obligations to provide the relief to help the Texans who are hurting."

In 2013, Cruz told the Houston Chronicle about opposing Sandy relief for people in the Northeast who were hurting:

"Two-thirds of this spending is not remotely 'emergency'; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 30 percent of the authorized funds would be spent in the next 20 months, and over a billion dollars will be spent as late as 2021.

"This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington — an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt."

Sources: Bloomberg Politics, Houston Chronicle, KSAT
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