Texas Congressman calls out fellow House Republicans for votes against Harvey aid

On a cable news show Monday, Republican Michael McCaul had some choice words for how these four US Representatives voted on a multi-billion dollar Harvey relief package.

AUSTIN - U.S. Representative Michael McCaul called out four of his Texas colleagues on a cable show Monday after they voted against an aid package for Harvey victims last week.  

"I think it's unconscionable to vote against something like that," McCaul said.

The four House Republicans are Joe Barton of Ennis; Jeb Hensarling of Dallas; Sam Johnson of Richardson; and Mac Thornberry of Clarendon.

McCaul said he didn't want to judge them.

"He said I don't want to call anybody out but I voted this way as a matter of conscience and not voting this way was unconscionable which sort of calls everybody out," said Ross Ramsey, the executive director of the Texas Tribune.

Ramsey said McCaul was making a point.

"It's a shot across the bow for everybody else. 'Hey we're all watching and we'll be commenting on how everybody votes,'" Ramsey explained. 

KVUE reached out to each of the Republican representatives for interviews to see if they would answer why they voted against Harvey relief in their own state. We were told the Congressmen were too busy to speak, but their offices sent these statements.

Read Rep. Jeb Hensarling's statement, here.

Read Rep. Joe Barton's statement, here.

Read Rep. Mac Thornberry' statement, here.

Sam Johnson's staffers did not respond to our requests for comments.

McCaul said with so many Texans dying and hurting in his home state, he had to vote his conscience.

But Ramsey said this is just the first round of Harvey aid and more votes are expected.

"There's going to be a lot more of this. He's not working the votes behind him, he's working the votes ahead of him," said Ramsey. 

We wanted to put into perspective how much help Texas is getting so far, and how much more is still needed.

Our parent company TEGNA's Texas Cares effort has raised more than $1.4 million.

J.J. Watt, Houston Texans star, raised about $32 million.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates corporations have pledged somewhere around $157 million.

But all that pales in comparison to the $15 billion relief package Congress and the President have already approved.

And even that is still nowhere near Governor Greg Abbott's estimate needed for Harvey relief around $150 billion.

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