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Cruz Steps Up Attacks on O’Rourke over Vote Against Harvey Tax Relief

The measure, which Senator Ted Cruz co-authored, passed as a rider to a bill reauthorizing the FAA. Congressman Beto O’Rourke says he voted against it because it failed to reauthorize CHIP.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Senator Ted Cruz is once again charging his Democratic opponent, Congressman Beto O'Rourke, with opposing tax relief for victims of Harvey.

The legislation, which Cruz co-authored, allowed people to deduct the cost of Harvey-related home damage from their taxes. It also allowed homeowners to dip into their retirement savings, without incurring a tax penalty, in order to pay for storm-related repairs.

Cruz told Houston Matters the measure enjoyed bipartisan support from most of the Texas delegation. "Among those four Democrats who voted no, unfortunately, was the congressman from El Paso – my opponent in this race, Congressman Beto O'Rourke – who voted no on emergency tax relief for Harvey because, according to his public statements, he wanted to hold that tax relief for Harvey hostage for other unrelated policy goals."

The measure passed as part of a bill extending authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. O'Rourke says he voted against it because the bill did not include reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was about to expire.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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