Bad blood lingers in GOP as Congress ponders Harvey relief

Bad blood lingers in GOP as Congress ponders Harvey relief

"Disaster relief needs to be focused on the victims of disaster relief, and I supported that for Sandy and I would support that anywhere there's a major disaster without getting distracted by politically unnecessary pork spending". "As you know it's going to be a very expensive situation", he told reporters in the White House.

People push a stalled pickup through a flooded street in Houston, after Tropical Storm Harvey dumped heavy rains, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

"Those people lost everything they owned", Tur said.

A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP chairman to discuss Charlottesville as domestic terrorism at hearing Trump's isolation grows GOP lawmaker: Trump "failing" in Charlottesville response MORE (R-Wis.) said the Trump administration would need to ask Congress for any extra disaster relief. It's way too early to guess how much will be required with floodwaters rising in Houston, people stranded in homes and the city essentially paralyzed.

The fisheries funding cited by Cornyn's office included $5 million "for necessary expenses related to fishery disasters during calendar year 2012 that were declared by the secretary of commerce as a direct result of impacts from Hurricane Sandy", according to the NOAA.

Also likely to be a factor is the prevailing view among hard-line Republicans - notably during the debate about Hurricane Sandy - that aid packages should be offset by corresponding budget cuts.

As flood waters continue to rise at an alarming rate in Texas, volunteers from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross are doing their part to aid in relief efforts. "If it is tailored to fit the need that we can substantiate, my colleagues in the Freedom Caucus will be there".

But the storm, which on Tuesday was tilting toward neighboring Louisiana, has the potential to be one of the costliest natural disasters in United States history, and lawmakers have already broached the subject of recovery funding.




The current disaster highlights stark difference between two wings of the Republican Party: more moderate Northeastern Republicans, a group from which President Donald Trump hails, and those across the South and Southwest, who often adhere to a rigid conservative ideology even, apparently, in times of crisis. "I think this is separate".

Some conservatives have balked in the past at authorizing money for disaster relief. In 2005, Pence, who was then a congressman from IN, led an effort called Operation Offset aimed at requiring deep spending cuts to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who will be responsible for preparing any disaster request for Trump, opposed the Sandy aid package as a SC congressman, offering a plan to cut elsewhere in the budget to pay for it.

It was the exact same kind of emergency package NY and New Jersey requested.

"It was cruel, it was vicious, and something that I'll never forget", Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Christie also said that New Jersey will send aid to the region and that he has been in contact with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Republican Frank LoBiondo is in agreement.

Democratic aides said they expect the party to support a Harvey aid package, but they said lawmakers will not be shy about pointing out what they see as hypocrisy among GOP lawmakers, many of whom represent Texas, who opposed Sandy aid.

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