It’s pretty typical for Republicans to suddenly stop acting like Republicans when the issue at hand affects them directly. Republicans don’t really believe in conservative principles. If they did, they would stick by them in a time of personal crisis.
Four Republican legislators from Texas voted against Harvey relief: Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson, and Mac Thornberry. Interestingly, all of their districts are hundreds of miles away from where Harvey devastated the Texas coast. One Texas Republican, Hensarling, even stated, “God is telling you to move.” While this was disgusting, you at least have to give these folks props to sticking to their principals. It takes a lot of balls to be from Texas and vote against helping people in your own state recover from what was potentially the most devastating natural disaster in this country’s history. Perhaps even more disgusting is that 15 members of congress from Texas voted against hurricane Sandy relief, but for hurricane Harvey relief. After Hurricane Sandy, both sitting senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, and thirteen representativesin the house, did not vote in favor of relief for those affected: Louie Gohmert Jr, Ted Poe, Kevin Brady, Michael McCaul, Michael Conaway, Kay Grange, Randy Weber, Bill Flores, Lamar Smith, Pete Olson, Kenny Marchant, John Carter, Pete Sessions. Cruz’s claim that ⅔ of Sandy relief was mostly “pork spending” is mostly false according to fact checking website, Politifact. It’s almost like he made that up to disguise his hypocrisy. The Harvey Bill, H.R. 601, appropriated 15 billion as an initial investment to rebuild from Harvey. It also raised the debt ceiling. Due to Harvey’s extensive damage, far more relief will be needed from the federal government. The main Sandy bill, H.R. 152, appropriated 60 billion in relief from the federal government. Aside from Cruz and Cornyn, thirteen members of the United States House of Representatives from Texasdemonstrated similar hypocrisy. The method of investigation was to compare the votes of those whom voted “YEA” on H.R. 601 while voting “NAY” on H.R. 152. Here they all are.
All of these representatives are republicans. All Texas democrats in the House of Representatives voted for Sandy relief except for Representative Jackson Lee, who didn’t vote. In case you were still wondering who your representative is, you can find that out here.