MSNBC Panel Agrees: Every Disaster Relief Bill Should Be Passed Regardless of Pork

Marcus: ‘Disaster voting should not be a tit for tat situation’

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TUR: "Speaking of the storm and lawmakers, I spoke to Texas senator Ted Cruz a moment ago at 2:00 this afternoon about his vote for hurricane Sandy relief. He voted against it along with a number of Republicans. Let's take a listen."
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CRUZ: "The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. And what I said then and still believe now is that it's not right for politicians to exploit a disaster when people are hurting to pay for their own political wish list. Disaster relief needs to be focused on the victims of disaster relief."
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TUR: "And, Ruth, your reaction? Sorry about that. Your reaction to Ted Cruz just then?"
MARCUS: "Well, there's always going to be some jockeying. But nobody can get in their special perks as part of that. I think with a disaster of this-- I'm sure that if senator Cruz knew then that this storm was coming to Houston, he might have found it in his heart to pony up a vote for Sandy relief. Let's be -- disaster voting should not be a tit for tat situation where I vote against yours because you voted against mine. It's not a --"
TUR: "It's a not a political situation."
TRAYNHAM: "The chickens always come home to roost and I think the larger issue is whether or not disaster funding can be clean. In other words, just a cleanup or down bill. Because here is what we know. We know that hurricane season happens every year and we know that the gulf coast particularly are the most vulnerable states in our country. Can we just agree on that and just make sure that we put people first and not politics."
TUR: "Agree that we're going to have funding no matter what regardless of what happens."
TRAYNHAM: "Right."
TUR: "That sounds easily said."

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