Rep. King: NY won't 'abandon' Texas despite 'hypocrite' Ted Cruz

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Saturday that he'll support financial relief for Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, contrasting his support for emergency relief with Texas lawmakers' opposition to an aid package for New York and New Jersey after 2012's Superstorm Sandy. 

King singled out Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R-Texas), who voted against Superstorm Sandy aid. Both Cruz and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Air Force makes criminal reporting changes after Texas massacre We need a better pathway for allowing civilians to move guns across state lines MORE (R-Texas) voted against the Sandy disaster aid, saying it included wasteful spending that wasn't related to the storm recovery.

"Ted Cruz was one of the leaders of trying to keep New York and Long Island and New Jersey from getting the funding we needed, and now he's the first one in asking for aid for Texas," King said, according to a local New York news outlet.

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"But as badly as I feel toward Ted Cruz, and what a hypocrite he is, I'm not going to take it out on the people of Texas."

King also took to Twitter to slam Cruz for opposing the Sandy aid package.

Cruz and Cornyn pressed the Trump administration in a letter Friday to make a major disaster order and provide “any and all protective measures” for Texas.

Cruz said Sunday further devastation from flooding is expected as rain continues to fall.

“This is a 500-year flood and Harvey is predicted to stay here and keep dumping a significant amount of water on the region that is going to put even greater pressure [on the state],” Cruz told Fox News’s Eric Shawn.

Other New York lawmakers have also said that they will support Harvey relief funding, despite Texan lawmakers' previous opposition to the Sandy legislation.

Harvey, now a tropical storm, first made landfall Friday as a Category 4 hurricane.