Sen. Ted Cruz, Who Voted Against Sandy Aid, Wants “All Available Resources” to Assist with Texas Blast Relief
Ted Cruz voted against federal aid for victims of superstorm Sandy– three times. But the Republican senator from Texas was quick to announce he would seek “all available resources” to assist victims of Wednesday’s fertilizer plant blast in his state.
“We are in very close touch with officials on the ground and we’re monitoring the tragic accident closely,” Cruz declared in the wake of the devastating explosion that rocked the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, McLennan County, Wednesday night. The blast killed 13 people and wounded around 200 others and caused widespread property damage.
Cruz continued: “It’s truly horrific and we are working to ensure that all available resources are marshaled to deal with the horrific loss of life and suffering we’ve seen.”
By “all available resources,” it is safe to assume that Cruz meant federal emergency disaster aid. If so, his tone has changed remarkably since he voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, the devastating superstorm that killed around 150 people and caused a staggering $75 billion or so in damage across the Northeast last October. Not once, not twice, but three times did Cruz vote to deprive Sandy victims of desperately-needed federal assistance.
“Cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy,” Cruz, a Tea Party favorite elected on promises of fiscal responsibility, explained after voting against Sandy aid.
“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.”
Cruz isn’t the only Texas Republican being accused of hypocrisy in the wake of the fertilizer plant blast. Governor Rick Perry, who repeatedly lambasts the “oppressive” federal government and who has expressed support for the burgeoning Texas secessionist movement, announced that he is asking President Barack Obama for a federal emergency declaration.
“We greatly appreciate his call, and his gracious offer of support, of course, and the quick turnaround of the emergency declaration that will be forthcoming,” Perry said after Obama phoned him and promised “to make sure there are no unmet needs as search and rescue and response operations continue.”
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