Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) showed his support for federal disaster relief in the wake of devastating floods in Texas last week -- two and a half years after voting against a disaster relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast in 2012.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Cruz said that it appears as though the disaster money will come through due to the magnitude of the floods, which killed 15 people in Texas.
"The governor has entered a disaster declaration, which is the first step in federal emergency relief," Cruz said. "There are a series of federal statutory thresholds that have to be satisfied initially. It appears that those thresholds will be satisfied by the magnitude of the flooding."
Spokesman Rick Tyler said the candidate supports "disaster relief funding that is targeted and timely so the local communities can recover as quickly as possible."
Cruz said in 2013 that he voted against the Sandy bill because it was laden with other spending not related to the hurricane, which decimated the East Coast, dealing the worst blows to New York and New Jersey. The storm killed 117 people in the United States.
"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 said at the time.
“This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington — an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt.”