Ted Cruz decided to appear on public television to talk about the damage that Hurricane Harvey unleashed upon the denizens of southern Texas. What he assumed, however, was that his interview was going to be fair and devoid of political attacks. When asked by the reporter why he rejected a bill concerning Hurricane Sandy years ago, he had quite the response for her.
According to Independent Journal Review, he said, “The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy. And what I said then, and still believe now, is that it’s not right for politicians to exploit a disaster and people who are hurting to pay for their own political wish list. Disaster relief needs to be focused on the victims of disaster. And I supported that for Sandy, disaster relief there, and I would support that anywhere there’s a major disaster without getting distracted by political unnecessary pork spending.”
Ted Cruz, who went on MSNBC to talk about what his home state has been going through, was surprised that the host, Katy Tur, instead attacked him.
She said, “A lot of people are pointing out that you voted against aid for Sandy after that catastrophic storm up in the Northeast, that package back in 2012.”
The senator called her out for her “political sniping,” saying that, at the moment, the most important thing was to focus on the crisis. Throughout the interview, he emphasized how “encouraging it was to see Texans coming together and just helping their neighbors.”
However, when it became apparent that the MSNBC host planned to continue her line of questioning, the senator let her know the blunt truth about the matter – he rejected the bill because the majority of it had nothing to do with immediate relief funding for Sandy.
In a statement back in 2013, Cruz said, “Two-thirds of this spending is not remotely ‘emergency;’ the Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 30% of the authorized funds would be spent in the next 20 months, and over a billion dollars will be spent as late as 2021.”
The $60.4 billion dollar package signed by President Obama was indeed quite ridiculous. When details concerning the specifics of the package came out, many criticized the bill, calling out such things as an $8 million allotment to buy cars and equipment for Homeland Security and the Justice Department.
Other ridiculous allotments included $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to give out to fisheries in Alaska, as well as an incredible $13 billion going to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.
The senator said back in 2013, “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.”
Sen. Cruz voted against a bill for funding after Hurricane Sandy because the bill was filled with unrelated pork. Should these funding bills be clean bills, devoid of any tacked on funding projects?
Ted Cruz’s direct and crushing response to the MSNBC host’s comments left her stuttering to come back into the conversation.
It appears that the mainstream news media never seems to miss an opportunity to take a jab at conservative politicians – no matter how inappropriate it might be.