NY Rep Uses Death and Destruction of Hurricane Harvey to Assail Senator Cruz

The rain is still falling in Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey, but congressional lawmakers already are staking their positions on billions in emergency relief money and calling out those who balked at aid for Superstorm Sandy five years ago.

New York Rep. Peter King over the weekend criticized fellow Republican and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for opposing the billion-dollar aid package for East Coast states hammered by Sandy in 2012. At the same time, he pledged to support aid for Harvey recovery.

“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid,” King tweeted Saturday. “NY won’t abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesn’t deserve another.”

Sandy was considered among the largest and most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history. The super-storm hit the New Jersey coast in October 2012, causing an estimated $75 billion in damage and killing hundreds in its path.

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