The leftwing media, always out to trap Republicans with “gotcha” questions, even in the aftermath of a horrific storm, went after Texas Senator Ted Cruz for his “no” vote on a bill to provide federal relief money to New Jersey after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, all while he seeks relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Although slapped with the “hypocrite” label, Cruz’s rationale, much like that of Senator Chris McDaniel on Katrina spending, was the massive amount of pork included in the bill. Like McDaniel, Cruz has no problem with disaster relief for massive calamities like Katrina, Sandy, or Harvey, but those appropriations should be clean bills free of pork.
The Sandy bill was so bad, with 70 percent, or $33 billion, of the spending being non-disaster related, that it took more than two months for Congress to get it passed.
In recent days, Cruz has faced denunciations from the likes of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Congressman Peter King for his fiscally-conservative stance. But he was not alone in his objections to the Sandy bill, as 179 Republicans in the House voted against it, as did 36 Senate Republicans, including Mitch McConnell.
Here is the list of US Senators opposed to the bill:
But for Mississippians, two names are conspicuously absent from the “Nay” vote list – Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, both of whom are kings of steering pork to non-disaster-related political projects and looting taxpayers of their hard-earned dollars.
We need US Senators in Washington who are true fiscal conservatives and responsible trustees of the people’s money. Fleecing taxpayers in favor of political cronies, especially during a crisis, is not the function of our federal government.