Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

How Harvey Relief Could Help - Or Hinder - Congress' Budget Deals

Members of New Jersey's National Guard are on their way to Texas to help those displaced by the flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey How Harvey Relief Could Help - Or Hinder - Congress' Budget Deals
Carol Daniels | 03 September, 2017, 21:00

However, Cruz feels that until Tropical Storm Harvey has actually passed, the focus should remain on the immediate needs of the displaced, rather than quibbles over what happened in 2012. NY state spent $574 for recovery, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the following year. Whatever else you might say about Democrats, they don't play into the juvenile belief so many Americans have that government should be as small and light as possible, stepping gingerly aside as we go about our lives, and yet it should also solve all our significant problems.

New Jersey and New York City have dispatched search and rescue teams to Texas who have experience with Superstorm Sandy. The paper said the Sandy bill was not filled with pork and the majority of the funds supported disaster relief, contrary to what Cruz claimed. Rep. Poe echoed their talking points Tuesday evening on PBS, saying the Sandy relief bill contained too much money for things that had nothing to do with the storm, and that the funding bill for Harvey will ask for funding only for Harvey relief. Cruz had an especially high profile in the fight, citing "unnecessary pork" provisions in the Sandy bill as the reasons for his opposition.

The budget also included $150 million for Alaskan fisheries, while there were people homeless in New Jersey!

Soon, they are probably going to ask for the same funds New Jersey and NY needed, and numerous Republicans in the Senate will vote with a resounding yes. Only 30 percent of that bill was emergency aid...

The other was a $50 billion disaster appropriations bill that put funds toward recovery and prevention of another event such as Sandy. "Trump may have been signaling [that] he plans to request additional dollars using the emergency designation and not to cut other spending to pay for it", said Stan Collender, executive vice president of MSLGROUP.COM. He said, "There's time for political sniping later".

Many lawmakers who voted against the Sandy legislation have since cited additional spending in initial drafts of the legislation as the reason.

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An analysis by the Congressional Research Service determined that the final version of the bill was almost entirely dedicated to Sandy relief.

The aftermath of a tragedy is the worst time to engage in political bickering, yet that is what's happening in the Cruz-Christie spat.

The Washington Post, meanwhile, fact-checked the senator's claim and gave it "Three Pinocchios", meaning "significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions".

As often occurs when legislators are contemplating expensive bills with the potential to help people in need, compassion tends to take root only when the cause becomes personal.

Christie was not the first Tri-State Area politician to take aim at Cruz over the past issue of the Sandy relief bill.

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