Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may have done a great job trying to support victims of Harvey , but that has not stopped people from scrutiny.
The senator voted against when Hurricane Sandy decimated the Northeast.
“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesnt deserve another,” Republican Rep. Peter King of New York tweeted on Saturday.
This comment came up when CNBC interviewed him. Cruz had spoken about what was happening and how he has transformed a civic center into a rescue facility. The reporter then asked about King’s comments.
“Some of your colleagues on Capitol Hill are talking about how do we fund this recovery,” she said. “Peter King is tweeting at you that he plans to vote for funding even though you didn’t vote for Sandy funding.”
“There will be plenty of time for politics,” Cruz dismissed. “I’m not going to worry about political sniping. My focus here is on the tragedy that’s unfolding, on the people whose lives are in jeopardy and the people who need help.”
“Has this given you a different perspective?” the reporter continued. “Do you think that you would have voted differently about the Sandy bill given what you’re seeing in Texas.”
“No!” Cruz insisted. “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, but I didn’t think it was appropriate to engage in pork barrel spending, where two-thirds of that bill was unrelated to spending, that had nothing to do with Sandy and was simply politicians wasting money.”
“In Sandy, there were people in crisis and with Harvey, here, there are people in crisis,” he noted. “We need to focus on solving the problem and meeting people’s needs, not engaging in political games.”