Cruz says flooding is preventing him from leaving Houston

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While many of us would agree that the state of Texas deserves federal money in order to clean up, rehouse and rebuild after this horrendous storm, we must also see the hypocrisy in all that is taking place. "And for the thousands of private citizens who have pitched in to help, whether by offering a boat to rescue those stranded, giving needed supplies to local shelters, or donating to charities who are housing and feeding the displaced". CNN captured the spirit of these civilian heroes in an interview with one Texas City resident about to take off on a mission.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was among the northeastern Republicans who were apoplectic when most of their GOP colleagues expressed reluctance to vote for Sandy aid.

Republicans hate the comparison, arguing that the Sandy relief package contained spending for unrelated items.

"Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy", Cruz asserted.

"NY wont abandon Texas", King tweeted. But if Congress does appropriate funds for Harvey victims, an upcoming short-term spending bill next month to avoid a government shutdown is emerging as a possible vehicle. It included, among other items, $2 billion for highway upgrades across the country, $150 million for fisheries in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, a boost to Amtrak subsidies, and $16 billion in block grants to 47 states and territories.

In an Instagram post on Sunday night, Hart challenged some of his famous friends to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey by matching his donation of $25,000 the American Red Cross. They opposed the use of emergency funds for non-emergency spending, an effort that conveniently bypassed some of the self-imposed spending limits Congress had placed on itself earlier.

Many lawmakers who voted against the Sandy legislation have since cited additional spending in initial drafts of the legislation as the reason.

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In addition to his proposed budget cuts, Trump also announced an executive order on August 16 rolling back an Obama-era rule that new public infrastructure projects be designed with the consequences of climate change, specifically rising sea levels and flood risk, in mind. Disasters and emergencies are just that ... disasters and emergencies. "Final incl extraneous $ for non-relief items". But Collender said that if Congress decides to put the emergency for the affected areas into the bill to keep the government funded, Trump may not be able to veto it.

"Given the potential catastrophic impact that the Hurricane may have on Texas communities, we strongly support this request and urge you to provide any and all emergency protective measures available by a major disaster declaration", they said.

The limited time frame is expected to complicate lawmakers' ability to find consensus on broad changes to the flood program, congressional aides said. The people of Texas, and probably of Louisiana as well by the time Harvey finishes wreaking its destruction, will have an urgent need for long-term investment in their recovery. "These are people who needed money and who needed funding right after that storm", she said, dramatically.

By Friday evening, Trump had directed federal aid towards recovery in the form of "grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster".

What are we going to do?

"People's lives were hanging in the balance", he recalled, turning his attention to Texas. Let's get this one right. That's the mission for Congress now.

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