Texas Senator Ted Cruz opposed federal aid to areas affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Cruz said he voted “no” because two-thirds of the funds in the Sandy bill were unrelated to storm recovery. Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

As Cruz and the rest of the Texas congressional delegation advocate for massive expenditures for Hurricane Harvey relief, media outlets, including MSNBC have asked the senator to square his Sandy vote with his current support for Harvey funds.

Hear how Ted Cruz’s claim scored in the player above.

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  • Rex September 8, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Superstorm Sandy is not called Hurricane Sandy because it stopped being a Hurricane before it hit the New York area. It lost convection only a few hours before landfall and stopped being a tropical weather system. Because of that, ‘Hurricane Sandy’ did not hit New York, but the terrible remnant storm did. Since that is a mouthful, we just say ‘Superstorm Sandy’. I’m sorry the naming upsets you, Brad, but it is what it is.

  • Brad September 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Please call Sandy what it was, a hurricane. In terms of cost, Hurricane Harvey has now surpassed Sandy. In terms of size, Hurricane Irma has now surpassed Sandy. In terms of death, Hurricane Ike killed almost as many (195 vs 233), and of course, the 1900 Galveston Hurricane (which has never been called a Superstorm) killed between 6,000-12,000.