Chris Christie Urges Federal Aid For Hurricane Harvey, Calls Texas Republicans 'Hypocrites'

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But their resentment lingers.

On Friday before Harvey struck, Cruz and fellow Texas Sen.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., also slammed Texas lawmakers, but said he would "support emergency disaster money for those impacted". It will also test whether Trump can postpone his own agenda, notably an overhaul of the tax code, to assemble a major - and costly - package that could be directed to law enforcement, emergency relief, schools, infrastructure, hospitals, food banks and several other entities. And five years later, another powerful natural disaster has exposed lingering resentment that underscores regional divisions in a deeply divided Republican Party grappling with crisis. "I hope that the people who voted no on that who come from Texas will now be ashamed of themselves". They voted against it in large part because it wasn't offset with spending cuts, meaning it would add to the deficit, and the relief dollars were massively spread out, the Washington Time reported. 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. "I've never seen anything like it", he said.

"We are the United States of America, and in times of trouble, emergencies and hardship, we must remain unified", Norcross said in a statement. The maneuver angered fiscal conservatives.

Many media outlets portrayed the exchange as Tur cornering Cruz for being a hypocrite. The Republican governor, reflecting on Texas GOP lawmakers' opposition to relief aid after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, hasn't forgotten how his state was treated.

Chris Christie called Texas lawmakers "hypocrites" for voting against a 2012 crucial emergency relief package for New Jersey and NY following Hurricane Sandy.

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When Congress reconvenes next week, it will have to come up with an aid plan with the president that will include flood insurance, disaster assistance and a variety of things that are not now in the budget, said Stan Collender (The Budget Guy).

"The overarching lesson is that we have the responsibility nationally to be involved in these situations". "It's about people's lives and getting their lives rebuilt ..." "I am fully, completely committed to do whatever I can.to assist". "A new caucus should be formed - the hypocritical caucus - because you wanted the money five minutes after (past storms were) over, you didn't have any hesitation coming to us".

Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. He defended his rejection of the supplemental Sandy bill due to issues unrelated to aid. The George W. Bush administration, politically scalded by criticism over its botched response, signed off on the aid. And when Congress soon begins working on the Hurricane Harvey aid package, it is a safe bet that few Texas Republicans will be wailing that it is larded with unnecessary extravagances.

"And the accurate thing to say is that I and a number of others enthusiastically and emphatically supported hurricane relief".

"I think it'll happen very quickly", Trump said Monday.

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