To the Editor:
Sen. Ted Cruz, along with almost every other congressional representative voted against Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill.
Cruz said “The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy.” Every organization that has fact checked this labeled it a lie. Although the bulk of the money was directly hurricane Sandy related, it is true that monies were spent for other things.
Some money went for better weather and hurricane forecasting. Some money want to repair and upgrade hurricane reconnaissance aircraft. Money was also directed to 100 head start facilities in New Jersey and New York that were damaged by the storm.
Senators complained about “non-Sandy expenses” such as “sand dunes at Kennedy Space Center, roof repairs in Washington, D.C., and repairs in Virginia.” Actually, there were shoreline repairs from storm-related erosion at the Space Center, repairs to a NASA facility in Virginia and storm-related roof repairs to the Smithsonian Institution.
Sen. John Cornyn complained about money for “fisheries” which turned out to be fisheries in Mississippi and New England from a disaster the previous year. Fact checker says “Cruz clearly misspoke about the “two-thirds” being pork. It is wildly incorrect to claim that the bill was “filled with unrelated pork.” The bill was largely aimed at dealing with Sandy, along with relatively minor items to address other or future disasters. He earns Three Pinocchios.”