U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas appeared on MSNBC Monday to discuss the ongoing devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has now made a second landfall and has resulted in unprecedented rainfall and flooding throughout the state, leading elected leaders like Cruz to call for the release of disaster relief funding.
But Senator Cruz was singing a very different tune back in 2012 when it was New York and New Jersey that needed funding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Back then, Cruz was one of the many Republicans in Congress who voted a $50.5 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package, and now he's being called out for the hypocrisy.
When Katy Tur asked Cruz about the criticism he's receiving, he called it simply "political sniping," but that didn't fly with Tur.
It’s not really political sniping. These are people who needed money and who needed funding right after that storm.
I covered those people. Many of them, just like those in Houston, lost just about everything they owned.
Cruz maintains that he supports disaster relief but that the 2012 relief package was filled with "unnecessary pork," placed in the bill for political reasons, hence his no vote.
Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy. What I said then and still believe now is that it’s not right for politicians to exploit a disaster when people are hurting to pay for their own political wish list.