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ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Visits Galveston and Brazoria Counties, Pledges Federal Support at Hurricane Beryl Press Conference

HOUSTON, Texas – In Case You Missed It: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) toured Jamaica Beach, visited city hall, surveyed damage, and spoke with residents. Later, he joined Acting Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Texas) and Galveston County officials for a press conference. After that, Sen. Cruz visited Brazoria County to view hurricane damage. Later, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard to survey damage along the Texas Coast by helicopter.

At the press conference, Sen. Cruz said, “I wanna start by really commending all of the officials we have at the local level, at the county level, at the state level, first responders. You know, for Texans living across the Gulf Coast, I grew up—I’m a life-long Houstonian—living on the Gulf Coast, this isn’t our first rodeo. Hurricanes are a part of life. We’ve grown up with them. And one of the consequences is we have a team that knows how to deal with them.

“John Cornyn and I, and the entire federal delegation, are supporting the state in having that disaster declaration issue immediately. The next step is working hand in hand with the state officials, the county judge, and the local officials to make sure those federal resources are there for the process of rebuilding.

“Rebuilding takes time, but at this point our teams have had a lot of experience expediting these resources to come in and help Texans stand up. And the good thing is, Texans are a resilient people. Galveston will rebuild. All of the Gulf Coast will rebuild. We’ll do it together.”

Watch the video to Sen. Cruz’s full remarks here.


  • In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in 2017, Sen. Cruz visited with victims, volunteers, first responders, and local officials in every region affected by the storm and authored the federal law that provided crucial and immediate tax relief to storm survivors along the Gulf Coast.
  • Time after time when disaster strikes Texas, Sen. Cruz makes sure the Lone Star State has the resources to recover and he is on the ground to help the recovery efforts.
  • In 2023, he toured Perryton after a tornado devastated the town, met with local officials, and helped with cleanup.
  • In 2022, he won inclusion of the Texas coastal resiliency improvement plan in a water resources infrastructure bill, which will better protect coastal Texans from major storms.
  • In 2020, when 1.4 million Texans lost their jobs because of the COVID pandemic, Sen. Cruz fought for true economic recovery, introducing comprehensive legislation to restart the economy, get Americans back to work, and put our kids back in school.
  • In 2020, Sen. Cruz urged the Trump administration to expedite its review of Dallas tornado damage and support Gov. Abbott’s disaster declaration.
  • In 2019, after Tropical Storm Imelda, Sen. Cruz urged President Trump to issue a federal disaster declaration in response to the flooding the storm caused in southeast Texas.
  • In 2018, he toured Highland Lakes and offered support after flooding devastated the region.