Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Cruz: 'Texas spirit of determination ... will guide us forward'

Cruz: 'Texas spirit of determination ... will guide us forward'

President Trump said the cleanup will be expensive but he expects no difficulties from Congress.

Of course not. As I said at the time, hurricane funding is a very important federal responsibility, and I would have eagerly supported funding for that.

"NY wont abandon Texas", King tweeted.

More than three days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane, authorities worry that the tropical storm now parked over the Gulf Coast will return and deliver a knockout blow to a Houston region already ravaged by devastating downpours generating an amount of rain normally seen only once in more than 1,000 years.

"Disaster relief needs to be focused on the victims of disaster relief", Cruz concluded, "and I supported that for Sandy, disaster relief there and I would support that anywhere there's a major disaster without getting distracted by political unnecessary pork spending".

Both Texas Republican senators - Ted Cruz and John Cornyn - voted against the Sandy aid, as did all but one member of the Texas delegation.

At times like this, most Republicans belatedly recognize that only the federal government has the resources to help Texas rebuild and to compensate those who lost their homes, their cars, their possessions and their businesses through no fault of their own. And White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who will be responsible for preparing any disaster request for Trump, opposed a 2013 Sandy aid package as a SC congressman, offering a plan to cut elsewhere in the budget to pay for it.

They had very few three-pointers to speak of; in other words, they were the opposite of what the NBA is supposed to be today. In fact, not only do they have deficiencies, but they do not even have the tools or resources to resolve those deficiencies.

"We're going to get your funding", he added, addressing Texans.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was among the northeastern Republicans who were apoplectic when most of their GOP colleagues expressed reluctance to vote for Sandy aid.

Congress likely will have to raise the program's borrowing authority should claims exceed its current cap, these people said. On Monday, he told NBC News that the bill was "filled with unrelated pork" and that "two-thirds" of it had "nothing to do with Sandy". It may take weeks or months to survey the damage, but early estimates suggest Harvey could be one of the most expensive natural disasters in US history.

Hartwig said that Hurricane Harvey may have led to about $8 billion to $10 billion in insured losses, while the total economic losses are roughly double that. "Republican senators further delayed the vote by trying to offset the aid with budget cuts".

Much of the devastation of Harvey will have to wait to be assessed until unrelenting rainfall stops, but it is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in American history. "The IRS will continue to closely monitor the storm's aftermath, and we anticipate providing additional relief for other affected areas in the near future".

Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, caused $160 billion in damage, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 caused around $70 billion in damage, according to inflation-adjusted figures provided by the federal government.

Congressional Republicans have not spelled out their plan for dealing with the budget and a related, must-pass increase in the federal debt ceiling.

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