The artwork of compromise, in any other case often known as you-scratch-my-again-I’ll-scratch-yours, has all however disappeared from the halls of Congress in recent times. And which will put greater than 20 members of the Texas congressional delegation in a bind when aid for the victims of Hurricane Harvey comes up for a vote.
The representatives, and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, all voted towards a $50.5-billion aid package deal for victims of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy when it got here earlier than them in January 2013. (The measure handed anyway.) Though the form and measurement of a aid package deal for victims of Harvey gained’t emerge for at the very least a number of months, it’s clear that a huge one shall be wanted. Injury estimates from the storm nonetheless pummeling the Gulf Coast round Houston have reached $forty billion, and are more likely to rise.
Texas is nearly sure to pose a drain on federal emergency assets for the indefinite future. “FEMA goes to be there for years,” Brock Lengthy, administrator of the Federal Emergency Administration Company, stated Sunday on CNN.
Texas lawmakers haven’t but been requested how they may vote on the inevitable package deal. However on Friday, even earlier than Harvey’s landfall, Cruz and Cornyn despatched a letter to President Trump asking him for a serious catastrophe declaration. Trump issued the declaration that night.
Lawmakers and others from the New York-New Jersey area that sustained the heaviest injury from Sandy, furthermore, have signaled that they’ll be on hypocrite watch when it comes time to vote on Harvey assist. “1 dangerous flip doesn’t deserve one other,” Republican Rep. Peter King of New York wrote in a tweet directed at Cruz. In a second tweet he pledged, “I gained’t abandon Texas the best way Ted Cruz did New York.”
On Saturday, the New York Day by day Information was fast to underscore the irony in Cruz and Cornyn scurrying to safe emergency help for his or her residence state after voting towards Sandy aid. “The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has two-confronted Texas politicians in search of the identical type of aid funding they flatly opposed 5 years in the past,” the newspaper reported.
Of the 24 GOP members of the Texas Home delegation in 2013, all however one voted towards the Sandy aid package deal in 2013. The one “yea” vote was Rep. John Culberson, whose district consists of Houston. However seven different Houston-space congressmen voted the package deal down. All 12 Democratic members of the delegation voted in favor of Sandy aid aside from Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents central Houston and didn’t forged a vote. Three Republicans and two Democrats in workplace on the time of the vote are not serving in Congress.
A lot of the lawmakers who commented on the 2013 Sandy appropriation couched their opposition when it comes to fiscal duty. The difficulty, they stated, was that the Sandy invoice had been larded…