Assessing the damage

What’s the real damage, though?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Sunday damage from Hurricane Harvey would likely reach $150bn to $180bn.

Harvey, which came ashore on August 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, has killed an estimated 47 people and displaced more than one million after causing wreckage in an area stretching for nearly 500km.

Abbott, who is advocating for US federal government aid to repair his state, said the damage would exceed that of Katrina, the storm that devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005, and Sandy, which overwhelmed New York City and the US northeast in 2012.

“Katrina caused, if I recall, more than $120bn but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120bn, probably $150bn to $180bn,” Abbott told Fox News.

“This is far larger than Hurricane Sandy.”

Dude, funny you should bring Sandy up, given that the vermin in your congressional delegation did all it could to block funds for hurricane recovery after Sandy hit the Northeast.

The initial package to increase flood insurance passed the Senate without a roll call. Within the House of Representatives, eight Texas GOP lawmakers voted against the $9.7 billion increase:

— Rep. Mike Conaway

— Rep. Bill Flores

— Rep. Louie Gohmert

— Rep. Kenny Marchant

— Rep. Randy Neugebauer

— Rep. Mac Thornberry

— Rep. Randy Weber

— Rep. Roger Williams

With the exception of Neugebauer, all of the other seven Republicans are still members of Congress.

What happened in the Senate with Ted Cruz and John Cornyn?

Cruz and Cornyn were among 36 Republicans who voted against the January 2013 supplemental disaster aid bill.

“Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy,” Cruz said in a January 2013 statement. “Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.”

Cruz called it a spending package “chock-full of pork.”

Cornyn took a like-minded position.

Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie tweeted Friday that the senator voted against the final bill at the time because it included “extraneous $ for non-relief items.”

OK, everything they said was bullshit.

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