Cruz defends vote on Sandy relief bill: 'Filled with pork'

Cruz defends vote on  Sandy relief bill: 'Filled with pork'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE (R-Texas) is defending his decision to vote against a Superstorm Sandy relief bill as torrential rain and flood waters now ravage his state.

"Every Republican, including Texas Republicans, agreed that hurricane funding is an important and critical role for the federal government," Cruz said on Monday, according to CNN.
 
Cruz added, however, that the Sandy bill was "a $50 billion bill filled with pork and unrelated spending that wasn't hurricane relief." 
 
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"It was simply local members of Congress spending on their pet projects and two-thirds of what was spent in that bill had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy," Cruz said.
 
His comments come amid recovery efforts in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which continues to bring rain and flooding to the region.
 
Harvey made landfall Friday as a category 4 hurricane and has devastated areas of Texas.
 
In a letter last week, Cruz pressed the Trump administration to make a major disaster order and provide "any and all protective measures" for Texas.
 
President Trump on Monday vowed "very rapid action" on Harvey relief funding.