Rep. Peter King promised to support federal aid following Hurricane Harvey as he took a shot at Sen. Ted Cruz and other Texas officials for trying to block money for the New York region after superstorm Sandy.
“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesnt deserve another,” King (R-Seaford) tweeted Saturday night at his fellow Republican.
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) retweeted King: “Same. Well said, @RepPeteKing. #Harvey.”
Cruz and other Republican lawmakers were among opponents of bi-state aid after Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012, saying the federal relief package had become laden with unrelated “pork” spending.
Cruz did not respond to King or Rice on Twitter.
As Hurricane Harvey approached the Texas coast on Friday, Cruz and fellow Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn wrote a letter asking President Donald Trump to grant the state’s request for a major disaster declaration. Cruz’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.
King followed up his initial tweet with another one that referenced Cruz’s criticism of “New York values” during the Republican presidential primary.
“As lifelong NYer w/ NY values I will vote for emergency Harvey $ for Ted Cruz’s constituents. Above all, true Americans must stand together,” King tweeted.
Record flooding paralyzed Houston and other towns in southeastern Texas early Sunday, and more than 1,000 people had been rescued overnight in the Houston area, CNN reported.
“This catastrophe will be a landmark event,” Brock Long, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
He said federal authorities will be in there for years.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised Trump and the federal response Sunday morning.
“I’ve got to tell you, I give FEMA a grade of A+, all the way from the president down. I’ve spoken to the president several times, to his Cabinet members,” Abbott said on “Fox News Sunday.” “All across the board, from the White House to the federal administration to FEMA, they’ve been very helpful.”