Cruz faces flak over apparent Cancun trip during Texas crisis

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The Senate is on a scheduled recess this week, with many senators returning to work of their residence states. Meanwhile, winter storms have pummeled cities throughout Texas all week, leaving tens of millions of residents unable to warmth their houses or purchase meals.

Cruz’s office didn’t reply to repeated requests to verify that he had traveled to Cancun on Wednesday.

This week is not the primary time Cruz has courted controversy during a pure catastrophe. When Hurricane Sandy battered the northeast in 2012, he vocally opposed a aid package deal to assist these states rebuild, blasting it as a “Christmas tree” full of pointless spending. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017, Cruz led the cost for an emergency spending invoice to assist his state and confronted questions from fellow lawmakers — in addition to then-GOP Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey — in regards to the apparent double normal.

On Sunday, Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sought and obtained an approval from President Joe Biden of Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s request for an emergency declaration to assist the state fight the crippling storms.

Cruz’s newest drawback started late Wednesday, when Twitter customers started sharing images allegedly exhibiting Cruz and his household in line to board a flight at Houston’s George Bush International Airport. The flight departed within the 4 p.m. hour on Wednesday en path to Cancun, the resort metropolis in Mexico, in line with these customers.

Additional images later circulated on Twitter exhibiting Cruz on the aircraft, together with one in every of him seated and studying from his telephone. By Thursday morning, Democratic group American Bridge was calling for his resignation.

According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, the United Airlines jet departed simply earlier than 5 p.m. native time and landed in Cancun at round 7:45 p.m.

Texas grid operators mentioned Thursday morning they’ve begun to revive energy to most prospects, however for practically per week as many as 4 million residents of the Lone Star state lived with out electrical gentle or, in lots of circumstances electrical warmth, amid near-zero temperatures.

Pictures quickly surfaced on social media of frost in dwelling rooms and meals on porches to maintain it from spoiling whereas fridges had no energy as residents struggled to remain heat amid the days-long energy failure. By Wednesday evening 7 million Texans have been beneath boil water orders as water utilities working with diminished electrical energy provide struggled to maintain up with demand.

Eric Wolff contributed to this report.

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