A pair of Texas lawmakers who were opposed to federal aid for Hurricane Sandy relief suddenly love the idea of federal aid to help West, Texas recover from a massive explosion at a fertilizer factory. That includes Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz and the congressman who actually represents West.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted the Sandy Aid package, voting against the measure in January. Cruz issued a statement explaining that he voted against the aid because it included a number of spending measures that were not related to disaster relief, including “Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.”
However, in Washington Thursday, Cruz said that he was “working to ensure that all available resources are marshaled to deal with the horrific loss of life and suffering that we’ve seen” after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas leveled the plant and nearby houses and business, claiming the lives of at least a dozen people and injuring hundreds more…Rep. Bill Flores, who represents West, also voted against the Sandy relief package but is now requesting federal aid for the disaster in his home district. Flores said Thursday that members of Congress with whom he has been in touch have pledged assistance.
After Flores voted against the Sandy aid package, he justified his vote by saying the package was “too large” and did “more than meet the immediate needs of Sandy victims.”
And I’m sure they’ll be absolutely certain to make sure there isn’t a dime of unnecessary spending in any bill to help their city and state, right? Reminds me of all the Republicans — and I mean virtually every one in Congress — who railed against the unnecessary stimulus bill and declared that it would not create any jobs at all, then turned around and demanded that the money be spent in their district and state because it would create so many good jobs.