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Texas Politicians Voted For Harvey Relief After Voting Against Sandy Relief

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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.

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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 representatives in 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 Texas  demonstrated 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.

Louie Gohmert Jr.(Tx - 1st) represents the counties of Angelina, San Augustine, Sabine, Shelby, Rusk, Panola, Harris, Gregg, the eastern portion of Wood, and southern portions of Upshur. His number is 202-225-3035.
Louie Gohmert Jr.(Tx – 1st) represents the counties of Angelina, San Augustine, Sabine, Shelby, Rusk, Panola, Harris, Gregg, the eastern portion of Wood, and southern portions of Upshur. His number is 202-225-3035.

 

Ted Poe from Texas’ 2nd district represents areas of greater Houston. His number is 202-225-6565.
Ted Poe from Texas’ 2nd district represents areas of greater Houston. His number is 202-225-6565.

 

Kevin Brady of Texas’ 8th congressional district represents Conroe, Huntsville, Madisonville, Trinity, Crockett, Groveton, Magnolia, Navasota, The Woodlands, Lovelady, and Centerville. His phone number is 202-225-4901.
Kevin Brady of Texas’ 8th congressional district represents Conroe, Huntsville, Madisonville, Trinity, Crockett, Groveton, Magnolia, Navasota, The Woodlands, Lovelady, and Centerville. His phone number is 202-225-4901.

 

Michael McCaul (Tx-10th) represents a large swath of land between the suburbs of Houston all the way through Austin. His Phone number is 202-225-2401.
Michael McCaul (Tx-10th) represents a large swath of land between the suburbs of Houston all the way through Austin. His Phone number is 202-225-2401.
Michael Conaway (Tx-11th) represents a large swath of land in the northwestern part of Texas. The major population centers include San Angelo, Odessa, Midland, and areas surrounding the west and south of Forth Worth. His phone number is 202-225-3605.
Michael Conaway (Tx-11th) represents a large swath of land in the northwestern part of Texas. The major population centers include San Angelo, Odessa, Midland, and areas surrounding the west and south of Forth Worth. His phone number is 202-225-3605.
Kay Granger (Tx-12th) represents Parker county, the areas in western Tarrant county, and areas of south eastern Wise county. Her number is 202-225-5071.
Kay Granger (Tx-12th) represents Parker county, the areas in western Tarrant county, and areas of south eastern Wise county. Her number is 202-225-5071.
Randy Weber (Tx-14th) represents the counties of Jefferson, Galveston, and Brazoria. His number is 202-225-3706.
Randy Weber (Tx-14th) represents the counties of Jefferson, Galveston, and Brazoria. His number is 202-225-3706.
Bill Flores (Tx-17th) represents a large swath of rural land in east-central Texas with a small portion right north of Elgin and Austin. His district encapsulates the counties of Hewitt, Falls, Limestone, Freestone, Robertson, Leon, Liam, Brazos, Burleson, and small chunks of northern Travis and northern Bastrop county. His number is 202-225-6105.
Bill Flores (Tx-17th) represents a large swath of rural land in east-central Texas with a small portion right north of Elgin and Austin. His district encapsulates the counties of Hewitt, Falls, Limestone, Freestone, Robertson, Leon, Liam, Brazos, Burleson, and small chunks of northern Travis and northern Bastrop county. His number is 202-225-6105.
Lamar Smith(Tx-21st) represents the counties of Kerr, Real, Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Bandera, Kendall, most of Comal county (including New Braunfels), portions of Hays county (including most of Kyle and San Marcos), and portions of southern Travis county, including swaths of southern Austin. His phone number is 202-225-8628.
Lamar Smith(Tx-21st) represents the counties of Kerr, Real, Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Bandera, Kendall, most of Comal county (including New Braunfels), portions of Hays county (including most of Kyle and San Marcos), and portions of southern Travis county, including swaths of southern Austin. His phone number is 202-225-8628.

 

Pete Olson (Tx - 22nd) represents most of Fort Bend county, portions of northern Brazoria county, and portions of southern Harris county, including Webster. His phone number is 202-225-5951.
Pete Olson (Tx – 22nd) represents most of Fort Bend county, portions of northern Brazoria county, and portions of southern Harris county, including Webster. His phone number is 202-225-5951.
Kenny Marchant (Tx- 24th) represents northwestern Dallas county, northeastern Tarrant county, as well as portions of southwestern Fannin county. His phone number is 202-225-6605.
Kenny Marchant (Tx- 24th) represents northwestern Dallas county, northeastern Tarrant county, as well as portions of southwestern Fannin county. His phone number is 202-225-6605.
John Carter (Tx-31st) represents the counties of Williamson and Bell. His phone number is 202- 225-3864.
John Carter (Tx-31st) represents the counties of Williamson and Bell. His phone number is 202- 225-3864.
Pete Sessions (Tx-32nd) represents a small portion of southern Collin county in the Wylie area, as well as northern Dallas, and the suburbs in northern and north eastern Dallas county. His phone number is 202-225-2231.
Pete Sessions (Tx-32nd) represents a small portion of southern Collin county in the Wylie area, as well as northern Dallas, and the suburbs in northern and north eastern Dallas county. His phone number is 202-225-2231.

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.

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