On Friday, Republican Texas senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz sent a letter to Trump asking him to grant the governor’s request to declare Hurricane Harvey as a major disaster and unlock federal resources.
“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,” the senators wrote in their letter.
Harvey was expected to be a Category 3 hurricane but it is now intensified to a Category 4 hurricane and will hit landfall within hours.
When Harvey was considered Category 3 hurricane, it the first Category 3 hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005 and the first to hit Texas since 1999.
This storm is getting so dangerous that a Texas mayor is suggesting residents who are not going to evacuate the area to write their names and social security number on their arms with a marker.
Back in 2013, when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, the two senators voted against a disaster relief package and the hurricane caused severe damage.
When Cruz was asked about his vote in 2013, he said he voted against it because it had spending that was unrelated to storm relief.
“Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start,” Cruz said at the time.
Coryn also didn’t vote for the aid package for Hurricane Sandy for what he says are the same reasons as Cruz.
According to a tweet by Trump, he revealed that he has been in touch with the Texas and Lousiana governors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2017
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