Monday, August 28, 2017

Of course not’: Ted Cruz says ‘thousands’ of homeless Texans don’t make him regret vote against Sandy funds

In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Cruz insisted that he still would have stiff-armed the Sandy victims. Cruz began the interview by noting that he had visited a Texas facility with over 3,000 displaced families. He said that there would be more than 5,000 by the end of Monday. “We’ve got people who are seeing their homes destroyed,” the senator said, adding that the damage totals would be “extensive.”

“Some of your collegues on Capitol Hill are talking about how do we fund this recovery,” the CNBC reporter observed. “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 replied, dismissing the question with a wave of his hand. “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 wondered. “Do you think that you would have voted differently about the Sandy bill given what you’re seeing in Texas.” “In Sandy, there were people in crisis and with Harvey, here, there are people in crisis,” the Texas Republican noted. “We need to focus on solving the problem and meeting people’s needs, not engaging in political games.”

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