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Stephanie Grace: In times of crisis, there’s no time to play politics with relief

We absolutely agree with Ms. Grace here.  However, keep it clean.  Don’t load it up with pork for other things.  Let’s not play – “Let’s Make A Deal.”  Now is not the time.  It is time to get the job done.

Harvey’s rains were still drenching Texas over the weekend, and people were still being pulled from flooded cars and homes. But already, politics was seeping into the official conversation.

First to speak was U.S. Rep. Peter King, a Republican from Long Island in New York, which took a blow from a storm named Sandy five years ago. On Twitter, King promised to vote for disaster aid for the areas decimated by the catastrophic flooding. But he also made sure to get in a dig at Texas U.S. Sen. and fellow Republican Ted Cruz.

“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesnt deserve another,” he wrote in the first of several pointed tweets.

The squabbling was unseemly under the circumstances, but you can’t say it wasn’t timely.