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Texas Republican tells people in hurricane paths: ‘God is telling you to move’

Twitter is not happy with his declaration.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Sep 22, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:34 pm CDT

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey devastating swathes of Texas, Hurricane Irma flooding much of Florida, and Hurricane Maria ravaging Puerto Rico, one Texas congressman said God has a message for those who live in flood-prone areas.

It’s probably time to move.

In an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican who represents the Dallas area, said the federal government is “encouraging and subsidizing people to live in harm’s way.”

While engaged in a thoughtful discussion about how to make flood insurance more effective and affordable, Hensarling let it slip that for those who live in hurricane-prone areas, “At some point, God is telling you to move.”

That apparently includes people in his own state (it should be noted that Hensarling’s district wasn’t adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey).

Hensarling cited people who live in Houston who have been flooded “three times in eight years” and a property in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, worth $60,000 that he said has been flooded more than 40 times and cost the taxpayers nearly $500,000 for it.

When asked if everybody in this country who purchases homeowner insurance should pay a little extra so flood insurance can be included on everybody’s policy, Hensarling also said it wasn’t fair to ask a Kansas factory worker to help subsidize a millionaire’s beachfront condo in Florida.

Yet, it was the “God is telling you to move” line that didn’t sit well with many on Twitter.

Hensarling voted against the $15 billion Hurricane Harvey package, a decision that prompted fellow Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul to call him “unconscionable.”

H/T Huffington Post

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*First Published: Sep 22, 2017, 11:48 am CDT