WASHINGTON (AP) – Texas Republicans now clamoring for federal cash to assist their flood-stricken state overwhelmingly opposed a catastrophe aid package deal after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012. They insisted then – and have repeated in current days – that the laws was full of wasteful spending.
Whereas the $50.7 billion package deal had non-Sandy cash, it wasn’t as full of pork-barrel spending as Sen. Ted Cruz and different Republicans have maintained.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and different Northeast Republicans are calling out Cruz and his fellow Texans who’re looking for assist for his or her exhausting-hit state.
This is a take a look at the competing claims, and the truth:
CRUZ, in an NBC interview Monday: “The issue with that specific invoice is it turned a $50 billion invoice that was full of unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that invoice had nothing to do with Sandy.”
CHRISTIE, firing again Wednesday on CNN: “I see Senator Cruz and it is disgusting to me that he stands in a restoration middle with victims standing behind him … nonetheless repeating the identical reprehensible lies about what occurred in Sandy, and it is unacceptable to me. Completely unacceptable.”
REP. TOM COLE, R-Okla., in an interview with The Related Press on Wednesday: “I feel loads of the people who voted towards Sandy now have the shoe on the opposite foot, so they are going to study some classes and I hope they do. We should not be making an attempt to attain political factors out of pure disasters. And we have now lots of people making an attempt to rewrite historical past. I imply, I am sorry, there wasn’t a bunch of pork within the Sandy invoice.”
THE FACTS: Congress truly accepted two payments in response to the October 2012 storm, which resulted in additional than one hundred twenty deaths and catastrophe declarations in 12 East Coast states and the District of Columbia.
One, authorised overwhelmingly in early January 2013, offered $9.7 billion in further borrowing authority for the Nationwide Flood Insurance coverage Program.
The second invoice, accredited sixty two-36 within the Senate and 241-one hundred eighty within the Home, offered $50.7 billion in catastrophe help and different help. President Barack Obama signed it into regulation on Jan. 29. A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Analysis Service concluded that whereas the ultimate invoice included some non-Sandy associated spending, it “largely targeted on…