Ted Cruz Voted Against Sandy Relief, But Now Demands Federal Aid After Texas Floods (VIDEO)

Motorists are  stranded along I-45 along North Main  in Houston after storms flooded the area, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Overnight heavy rains caused flooding closing some portions of major highways in the Houston area. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Motorists are stranded along I-45 along North Main in Houston after storms flooded the area, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Overnight heavy rains caused flooding closing some portions of major highways in the Houston area. (Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle via AP)

There’s a bit of good news for Texas as it looks like the torrential rains and subsequent flooding may hopefully be coming to an end soon. The bad news is that you still have Ted Cruz and John Cornyn as your senators.


Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the country doesn’t mind sending you federal aid – goodness knows you need it after that deluge – but can we talk for a minute about your current senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz? I realize that not all of you voted for him, but just enough people did show up and what was once Texas’ problem, is now America’s problem.

This shouldn’t be a conservatives versus liberals, Republicans versus Democrats issue. When disaster strikes anywhere in the United States, whether it’s in a blue state or a red state, we’re supposed to put our political differences aside and help each other out. That’s how America works – or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Oh sure, we’re going to make a snarky remark or two questioning how this disaster was related to gay marriage considering Pat Robertson and other religious nuts are convinced that any disaster is related to what consenting adults of the same gender do in the privacy of their homes, but that’s because they’re crazy and we like to laugh at them, not at your predicament.

Ted Cruz voted against relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, an emergency bill some Republicans falsely claimed to be loaded with pork barrel spending. So did the other senator from Texas, John Cornyn, who pitched a fit back in 2009 when Texas experienced an agricultural disaster and blamed President Obama for not acting fast enough – even though the state got the federal relief it asked for.


Here’s how Ted Cruz explained his “no” vote to the Houston Chronicle back in January 2013:

“Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy.

“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.

“Two-thirds of this spending is not remotely ’emergency’; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 30% 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.” (Source)

However, as Politifact pointed out, there wasn’t “billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy” in the bill. Does this make Ted Cruz a liar? I’d say so. Does this make Ted Cruz a disgusting hypocrite who will say and do anything for political gain? Yes, but so are many other lawmakers who care more about pandering to specific voters than the common good of the people of their districts, and the country as a whole. To our friends in Texas, we’re going to help you out, but could you do us a favor and stop electing politicians who care about human suffering only when it’s their state that is affected?

This isn’t some video taken out of context to make Ted Cruz look worse than he already is, nor is it a fake news story claiming he wants veterans to sell cookies to fund the Veteran’s Administration. This is Senator Ted Cruz, in his own words, on his official YouTube channel. Watch it below:




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  • Teresa Groves

    Doesn’t he realize the floods were caused by Obama as a means of getting more troops into Texas in order to take it over?

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    • stormkite

      It was HAARP or HAARM or some such thing, and yes, that’s exactly why the floods happened. Because our heroic gumminter here caught him out on Jade Hardhat and all of those occupying troops had cub scouts watching so they couldn’t put Operation Texas Takeover into effect. So The Black Guy had to start floods so he could send in reinforcements.

  • Lydia/one2the92the82the5

    Obama, give the Teabaggers the money, you’re the better person anyhow.

    • Pith_n_Vinegar

      Just make them admit to climate change before you hand them the check.

  • Internet Astronaut

    F^ck Terd Cruz and his canadian BC.

    • allynne7

      Hey, again, we’re sorry.
      But he wasn’t raised here so it’s not our fault he’s so f***ed in the head!

  • wendy

    Really?

    • RECALLTHERINOS

      Here is the wasteful items that were in the sandy aid bill…leave it to democrats to take advantage of a horrible tragedy. $150 Million to Alaskan Fisheries. $336 on Amtrak expenses. $2 Million to repair a room in the Smithsonian Building. $8 Million to purchase new vehicles for Federal employees. $4 Million for repairs to Kennedy Space Centre. Why not make it one Bill. Where’s the transparency in all those other expenses being thrown into a, clearly much needed expenditure. The Red Cross raised $250 Million and gave only 40% of that which is standard for all fundraisers. It’s not clear how much the Robin Hood Foundation gave as the money from the Rock concert went through them to disperse. But $400 Million was donated by the private sector via that relief concert. $30 Billion has been allocated by Governor Cuomo for relief. It seems to me the issue between the parties in Washington is spending vs cutting and balancing the budget. It makes sense to me that the funds set aside for Sandy should’ve been presented in a single Bill so that there was transparency and no questions as to where the funds were going. But that’s just too simple a solution, hence the finger pointing and blaming and red tape of all the other items in the bill. It’s craziness. Anyone with any sense and is conservative woud and should vote no.

  • disqus_U7eiV6ULMZ

    it was that federal super secret section 7 that can control the weather. Flooding Houston is all part of that whole Jade Helm plan to take over Texas……

  • Sidney Pawsby

    Question, is he asking for non emergency relief or just emergency relief?

    • Beaugrand_RTMC

      Doesn’t matter, his Republican competitors are going to shred him over it.

      • TravisJSays

        There’s nothing to ‘shred’. Cruz is honest and consistent and this attack on him is so lame its funny.
        Basically, its the fallacy that if you oppose an overspending bill, $60 billion in overspending that had only $17 billion in actual direct disaster relief, then you must oppose all federal aid for all time on all things.
        fallacy of the excluded middle. well done.

      • RECALLTHERINOS

        Here is all the pork democrats tried to pass leave it to libtards to take advantage of a tragedy. $150 Million to Alaskan Fisheries. $336 on Amtrak expenses. $2 Million to repair a room in the Smithsonian Building. $8 Million to purchase new vehicles for Federal employees. $4 Million for repairs to Kennedy Space Centre. Why not make it one Bill. Where’s the transparency in all those other expenses being thrown into a, clearly much needed expenditure. The Red Cross raised $250 Million and gave only 40% of that which is standard for all fundraisers. It’s not clear how much the Robin Hood Foundation gave as the money from the Rock concert went through them to disperse. But $400 Million was donated by the private sector via that relief concert. $30 Billion has been allocated by Governor Cuomo for relief. It seems to me the issue between the parties in Washington is spending vs cutting and balancing the budget. It makes sense to me that the funds set aside for Sandy should’ve been presented in a single Bill so that there was transparency and no questions as to where the funds were going. But that’s just too simple a solution, hence the finger pointing and blaming and red tape of all the other items in the bill. It’s craziness.

  • Ralph Miano

    The article referring to Sen. Cruz as a hypocrite are unfounded. If one goes back to Oct. 2012 when Sandy occurred, the estimated cost for its amelioration was estimated at $ 17 billion. The Senate bill (the Senate was controlled by the Democrats) that was put forward for the vote was for $38 billion. The difference was to be put aside (ha ha ha) to pay for a future such disaster. Sen. Cruz’ position was that the money should be provided that is needed for Sandy relief only. For any future disaster relief, a damage estimate would be made and the Congress would vote on a relief bill commensurate with the damage and nothing more.

    Sen. Cruz wanted disaster relief for the Sandy disaster. However, he would not support a bill that was unnecessarily large for the Sandy damage relief especially since the economy in 2012 was in recovery and that additional money should be available for other national priorities at that time.

    • steph

      you don’t live in TX do you Ralph?

    • TravisJSays

      That’s correct. the actual direct Sandy costs were under $17 billion and the other $40 billion was pork spending added because there was an opportunity for a spending bill that went outside the spending caps. So it became a political football.

      $3.5 billion for the Corps of Engineers. $200 million for Health and Human Services. $2 billion for U.S. Housing and Urban Developmen• $17 billion in Community Development Block Grants aka “a
      political slush fund,” $5.3 billion in transportation. etc.

      This kind of pork barrel spending is the problem. It’s absurd to criticize Senator Cruz for his vote against pork barrel spending as a ‘hypocrite’. The *real* hypocrites are those who claim to be for fiscal responsibility but keep voting FOR such wasteful bills.

  • Leese12

    Wow! You Liberals will write BS, just because a man scares you. There was no need to try and pass a bill full of pork, no matter what party you “claim” was adding it in. Cruz was right on this one. He stood up for the U.S. taxpayers.

    • allynne7

      And the rest of the politicians should stand up for the US taxpayers and vote no against Texas relief then, of course…right? 😉

      • Leese12

        If there is pork in it, yes they should!

      • RECALLTHERINOS

        $150 Million to Alaskan Fisheries. $336 on Amtrak expenses. $2 Million to repair a room in the Smithsonian Building. $8 Million to purchase new vehicles for Federal employees. $4 Million for repairs to Kennedy Space Centre. Why not make it one Bill. Where’s the transparency in all those other expenses being thrown into a, clearly much needed expenditure. The Red Cross raised $250 Million and gave only 40% of that which is standard for all fundraisers. It’s not clear how much the Robin Hood Foundation gave as the money from the Rock concert went through them to disperse. But $400 Million was donated by the private sector via that relief concert. $30 Billion has been allocated by Governor Cuomo for relief. It seems to me the issue between the parties in Washington is spending vs cutting and balancing the budget. It makes sense to me that the funds set aside for Sandy should’ve been presented in a single Bill so that there was transparency and no questions as to where the funds were going. But that’s just too simple a solution, hence the finger pointing and blaming and red tape of all the other items in the bill. It’s craziness.

      • TravisJSays

        That would be fine, just be consistent in it.

        No $60 billion pork barrel bills for some Sandy storm damage and no $60 billion pork barrel bills just because Texas got some rain.

    • Beaugrand_RTMC

      “Scared” of TED?!!
      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!