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Republican Congressman Slams Ted Cruz for Disaster Aid Hypocrisy

by: Ben Sherman

Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM CDT

They say all politics is local, but Ted Cruz may just be starting to learn that lesson. The New York State GOP is welcoming Cruz as their keynote speaker at a May 29 dinner. But at least one New York Republican can't stand the idea - and it's all because Cruz voted against aid to Sandy victims while demanding it for West victims.

"It's life and death," Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island) told the New York Daily News. "There were really false and phony charges made against the Sandy aid, and if Ted Cruz had prevailed, my constituents would be homeless," he said.

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Rep. King is only 100% correct. Cruz publicly accused the Sandy aid bill of being pork-filled, issuing a statement objecting to "Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start" also in the bill. And then he voted against it. Luckily, not all senators wanted to deny aid based on frivolous claims, and the bill passed.

Cruz had no problem after sandy demanding immediate federal aid (which, by the way, West is receiving). His hypocrisy runs deep. He stakes his career on principle but has no allegiance to it. All Americans deserve disaster aid, no matter where they live. As Ted Cruz embarks on a national publicity tour, he'll have to contend with the full thrust of his record.  

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Denying Americans aid for relief from a natural disaster is never the right move. Sure we are broke, but if ever there were a reason to take out a loan its to get your family out of hot water, we need to work together in times of trouble.  

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