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Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Christie: 'Reprehensible lies' from 'disgraceful' Cruz on storm aid

Christie: 'Reprehensible lies' from 'disgraceful' Cruz on storm aid

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said his Texas colleagues held up the 2012 bill as part of "a political ploy against the Northeast".

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers vow Harvey aid package, but there's no plan yet Trump: Texas will get "every asset under my command" Will Congress exploit Hurricane Harvey to pass pork-barrel spending? "I'll tell you my focus, and I wish the focus of others would be on saving the lives that are being threatened", Cruz continued.

Congress approved a $60.4 billion package to provide relief to CT and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy, but not without struggle. "I was wrong. I was wrong in (2013), it was the wrong thing to do and now I hope that the people of NY and New Jersey are willing to let bygones be bygones and vote for relief for Texas, '" he added. Much of the damage has ocurred outside of a flood insurance zone, prompting the need for another relief package vote when Congress comes back into session in early September.

The good news for Texas and Louisiana is that there seems to be broad agreement that a substantial amount of emergency aid needs to flow even before officials have a bottom line on the damage. "Sen. Cruz was playing politics in 2012".

And in the debate of Katrina relief, Mike Pence, then a Republican congressman for in, went to the House floor to declare: "Congress must ensure that a catastrophe of nature does not become a catastrophe of debt".

"We'll be working on a supplemental appropriation bill to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey".

Key appropriators are signaling that a Hurricane Harvey disaster aid package is likely to follow the approach Congress took after Hurricane Katrina, with a quick round of federal funds, followed by other packages that fine-tuned the details of federal assistance.

"I see Senator Cruz and it's disgusting to me that he stands in a recovery center with victims standing behind him as a backdrop and he's still repeating the same reprehensible lies about what happened in Sandy ... and I'm not going to let him get away with it", Christie added on CNN.

President Donald Trump, who was visiting storm-ravaged Texas Tuesday, sought to squash whatever bickering might emerge over rebuilding costs, as he predicted a "bipartisan" effort despite intense feuding among Republicans and Democrats in recent months. And it's not right, " Christie went on. But with the storm forecast to churn along the Gulf coast for at least two more days, that estimate could surge. I know we have the commitment of the President. You should have criticized Barack Obama. I am saying the senators had what was coming to them. NY state spent $574 for recovery, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the following year. In this situation right now with some members of the media, this president can't win.

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