Senator Ted Cruz says Congress ''will provide very significant resources for the people who have been damaged'' by Tropical Storm Harvey, and defends his vote against the Hurricane Sandy aid package in 2012. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Congress will provide "very significant resources" for those in Texas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said on Wednesday (August 30). His comments came a day after President Donald Trump visited to storm-ravaged regino and suggested taht an emergency aid package could be historically large, without providing specifics. Lawmakers said it was too early to estimate the price-tag for U.S. taxpayer assistance on Harvey, which has killed at least 11 people and paralyzed Houston, though Cruz said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show that "it is going to be billions upon billions of dollars." Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1,200 people in 2005, was the most damaging storm in U.S. history. After Katrina, and two smaller hurricanes that followed behind it, the U.S. government devoted $100 billion to relief and recovery, said the Congressional Budget Office. Cruz also defended his decision to vote against an aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy, saying 70 percent of the aid package was not for emergency aid.