Editorial

Texas senators reverse course

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In 2013, the two U.S. senators from Texas (Ted Cruz and John Cornyn) voted to reject a $50-billion recovery package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which struck New Jersey and neighboring states. Now that Texas has been struck by a devastating storm, those same senators urge the federal government "to provide any and all emergency protective measures."

In an attempt to justify this about face, Cruz falsely stated in an interview with MSNBC that most of the Sandy recovery package spending had nothing to do with Sandy.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service found that virtually all of that recovery money was targeted for damage caused by Sandy - plus, in a few cases, to repair lingering damage from previous disasters.

Federal legislators need to decide what the role of the federal government should be in the case of natural disaster and apply that role regardless of where the disaster strikes.