As he prepares for re-election next year, Senator Ted Cruz faces a challenge in helping millions of people — in his hometown, Houston, and beyond — rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.
Despite state Republican leaders’ anti-Washington rhetoric, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is prompting huge demands for federal flood and relief aid.
The hurricane has transformed the budget debate, turning Republican critics of federal spending into proponents of billions of dollars of storm relief.
Texas lawmakers say they voted against the 2013 aid bill because it included spending unrelated to Sandy. There’s a factual bone to pick with this claim.
Thousands are applying for federal assistance, but it may be slow to arrive and require them to take on debt that could take years to pay off.