Katy Tur vs. Ted Cruz: How Can You Support Harvey Relief When You Opposed Sandy Relief?

Monday on MSNBC, host Katy Tur challenged Ted Cruz for opposing the Hurricane Sandy relief package while interviewing the Texas Senator about Hurricane Harvey's damage to the state he represents. Ted Cruz said the $60 billion Sandy relief bill was full of pork and to fulfill the political wish list for members of Congress. In October of 2013, a year after the superstorm, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hurricane-sandy/sandy-vics-60-billion-aid-article-1.1499613"><i>The New York Daily News</i> reported</a> Sandy victims saw "almost none" of the $60 billion promised. Cruz, replying to criticism from Northeast Republicans, said it is "political sniping" to bring up his opposition to the Sandy relief package because it was full of pork, money not related to the cleanup in New Jersey and New York. "They are pointing at you saying you're asking for money now when you were not willing to help the people in the Northeast. What do you have to say to them?" Tur asked. "There is time for political sniping later," he replied. "It is not really political sniping, Senator," Tur told Cruz. "There are people who needed money and needed funding right after that storm. I covered those people. Many of them, just like those in Houston, lost absolutely everything they owned." "Well, Katie, of course, that is right, and the accurate thing to say is that I and a number of others enthusiastically and emphatically supported hurricane relief for Sandy. Hurricane relief and disaster relief has been a vital federal role for a long, long time and it should continue. The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of the bill had nothing to do with Sandy. And what I said then and still believe now is it's not right for politicians to exploit a disaster and people who are hurting for them to pay for their own political wish list. Disaster relief needs to focus on the victims of disaster relief, and I supported that for Sandy and I would support that anywhere there is a major disaster without getting distracted by political unnecessary pork, spending," Cruz said. Sen. Cruz: 'This is Not a Time for Politics' <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OsJj_GR6kNA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>