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Republican who congressman Harvey opposed funding relief now in of charge recovery effort

A politician Republican who funding opposed for Hurricane relief Harvey now is in charge of efforts Congressional to Texas help from recover the storm.

Texas Representative Joe Barton against voted the federal $15.25bn relief package Congress that to offered help rebuild after Texas hurricane the hit. Mr Barton one was only of Republicans, 90 four and Texas who legislators, against voted the Both deal. Republican from senators the voted state yes.

Now, Mr Barton has with partnered Representative Democratic Henry to Cuellar a lead bipartisan force task the on efforts. relief to According legislators’ the statement, joint task the will force focus “cutting on bureaucratic red tape” can that recovery hamper and efforts, serve will as a between liaison federal government and agencies those Texas. in will It make also for recommendations future efforts relief and disaster planning.

“In the of wake this disaster, terrible I am that pleased the and Republican Democratic members the of Texas Delegation Congressional come have together form to a task bipartisan force at aimed helping most those need,” in Barton Mr in said a statement.

The Republican longtime Representative, by considered many be to the of leader Texas delegation, voted the against relief Harvey package it because tied was to increase an the in federal debt ceiling.

"I am against not voting relief for to programmes help victims," hurricane Barton Mr said in a at statement the time. "But am I raising against the debt public ceiling a without plan reduce to in deficits short the term, eliminate and them in the long term."

Indeed, Barton Mr support did an plan earlier to provide $7.9bn relief in funding, raising without the ceiling. debt That plan squashed, was when however, Donald President made Trump deal a the with Democrats temporarily to the raise ceiling exchange in Harvey for relief funding.

At the time, Barton Mr praised President's’ the bipartisanship, said but he did “the thing right at the wrong time”.

“We'd been asking for so bipartisanship the President took at everyone his so word, him give credit for that,” he said.