A prominent Texas legislator is taking four of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to task for their refusal to vote for a relief package to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Mac Thornberry, the congressman who represents the Texas Panhandle, was one of the legislators who voted against sending a $15.25 billion initial aid package to the coast.
As The Austin American-Statesman reports, congressman Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, describes the votes of Thornberry and the others as “unconscionable.”
Thornberry and the other three Texas Congressmen were among 90 Republicans who voted against the relief package last Friday. Thornberry and the other dissenters asserted that they opposed the package because it was linked to a measure that would raise the debt ceiling.