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World Ted Cruz, John Cornyn Urge Biden to OK Texas Emergency Declaration for Deadly Winter Storm

06:07  15 february  2021
06:07  15 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Texas Republican senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have urged President Joe Biden to approve an emergency declaration request submitted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has declared a state disaster for all 254 counties in the Lone Star State. "It is our understanding that the State of Texas , through the Office of the Governor, has made a formal request for an emergency disaster declaration as a result of severe winter weather that began on February 11, 2021 and will continue throughout the entirety of the state for several days," Cornyn and Cruz wrote in a letter to Biden .

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John Cornyn talking on a stage: US Senators Ted Cruz (R) and John Cornyn have urged President Joe Biden to approve an emergency declaration request for Texas. All 254 of the state's counties are under a winter storm warning. The weather has already become life-threatening, and it's only getting colder. © Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images US Senators Ted Cruz (R) and John Cornyn have urged President Joe Biden to approve an emergency declaration request for Texas. All 254 of the state's counties are under a winter storm warning. The weather has already become life-threatening, and it's only getting colder.

A winter storm ravaging Texas and other southern states has already led to icy roads, traffic deaths, power outages, frozen pipes and circumstances most of the Texans and southerners have never seen in a lifetime. And it's only getting colder.

Texas Republican senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have urged President Joe Biden to approve an emergency declaration request submitted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has declared a state disaster for all 254 counties in the Lone Star State.

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  Why the Texas power grid is struggling to cope with the extreme cold A sudden spike in energy demand and a loss of natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy during a winter storm triggered blackouts across the state.The National Weather Service on Monday reported that 150 million Americans were under various winter storm warnings, with heavy snow and ice still likely to sweep from the Southern Plains, to the Ohio Valley, to the Northeast.

Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn want relief funding for Hurricane Harvey expedited, despite voting down Hurricane Sandy assistance in 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP). What blows around, comes around. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has two-faced Texas politicians looking for the same sort of relief funding they flatly opposed five years ago when Sandy pounded New York and New Jersey. Yet Cruz and Cornyn sent a Friday letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, asking him to expedite emergency funding to deal with the damage inflicted by the worst hurricane in the state since 1961.

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"It is our understanding that the State of Texas, through the Office of the Governor, has made a formal request for an emergency disaster declaration as a result of severe winter weather that began on February 11, 2021 and will continue throughout the entirety of the state for several days," Cornyn and Cruz wrote in a letter to Biden.

Last Thursday, there was a 133-car pileup in Fort Worth that took the lives of six people. There was a fiery pileup Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma. Along the Texas Gulf Coast, all of the counties are in a freeze warning, and up to 2 inches of snow are expected in places like Galveston Beach.

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  Ted Cruz Confronted by Protesters Chanting 'Resign' Outside His House After Returning From Cancun Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Thursday that his reasoning for heading home to Texas became "more compelling" as a "bigger and bigger firestorm" erupted over his trip to sunny Cancun, Mexico amid the state's unprecedented cold snap and mass power outage crisis.A group of protesters held signs and repeated slogans calling for Cruz to step down as he spoke to the press shortly after arriving home on Thursday. Cruz has been under heavy criticism for his trip to the resort destination while most Texans dealt with freezing temperatures and mass power outages.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged residents to stay off the roads and conserve power as a winter storm barrels through the state. "Every part of the state will face freezing conditions over the coming days, and I urge all Texans to remain vigilant against the extremely harsh weather that is coming," Governor Abbott said Saturday. Icy conditions also led to a 13-car crash in Magnolia, Texas Friday. Abbott issued an emergency disaster declaration for the entire state and will request a Federal Emergency Declaration from the White House.

By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A deadly winter storm some forecasters say is the worst to hit the United States in years slammed the nation's midsection Friday, snarling travel and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of customers. The line of ice, snow and freezing temperatures stretched from the Texas -Mexico border northeast to the Ohio Valley, with the most severe conditions near Dallas, then punching through Arkansas and western Kentucky, according to forecasters at AccuWeather.com.

The temperature in Dallas had already dipped to 12 degrees by 7 p.m. local time Sunday, and they were expected to keep falling to just 7 degrees overnight with continual snowfall.

On Monday, it's supposed to get even colder with a high of 18 degrees and an overnight low of 3—and this doesn't even account for the wind chill.

In the Texas panhandle, Sunday night's low is expected to reach minus-9 degrees in Amarillo. In the Golden Triangle, which is the southeastern part of part of the state next to southwest Louisiana, temperatures have already dipped below 32, and they're in a winter storm warning with snow forecast to fall overnight.

Out in El Paso, the temperature is already below 20 degrees on Sunday night.

ERCOT, which manages the Texas power grid, has stated there could be rolling blackouts as they anticipate the frigid Arctic-like temperatures to put a strain on the power system.

Ted Cruz Accused of Flying to Cancun Amid Texas Power Outages As Photo Goes Viral

  Ted Cruz Accused of Flying to Cancun Amid Texas Power Outages As Photo Goes Viral It's not yet clear if the Republican has left the country as some photos on social media have suggested.Photos circulating on social media overnight appeared to show the senator at an airport and on an airplane. The idea that Cruz and his family had flown to Mexico soon spread on Twitter.

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Texas issued a winter storm warning for the entire weekend and the early part of the coming week. Fort worth deadly accident: some victims identified after 130-CAR pileup due to icy conditions. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicted some parts of northern Texas to see as Texas Storm Chasers predicted between two to five inches in Dallas, with totals closer to 6 inches in the northern part of the territory. "Maximum cold weather preparations MUST be completed today," Jeff Lindner, a Harris County Flood Control District meteorologist, tweeted Sunday morning.

"The Governor and local officials have informed us that the severity and magnitude of the storm is beyond the response capabilities of the state and local government," Cornyn and Cruz wrote. "Prolonged sub-freezing temperatures, strained energy capacity, and treacherous roadways are just a few of the current dangers faced by all Texans. In the last three days, there have been 11 crash-related fatalities as road conditions deteriorate. More than 23,000 Texans have lost power, and frozen pipes have impacted water distribution across the state."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.

Temperatures began dropping in Texas on Thursday, and they have fallen over the last three days. The heavy sleet and snow started Sunday, and it's expected to get heavier throughout the night as the storm intensifies and moves north and east toward Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and then the other neighboring states.

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Critics Accuse Ted Cruz of 'Fake Compassion' As He Hands Out Water After Mexico Trip .
Pictures posted on his official Twitter account showed the lawmaker handing out bottles of water in Texas, two days after returning to the disaster-hit state.The Republican lawmaker has been under fire over his decision to fly to Cancun as a winter storm—and a creaking power grid—left millions without electricity and latterly without drinking water throughout the state.

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