Texas GOP congressman: Hurricanes are God's way of 'telling you to move'
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) talks on CNBC (Screen cap).

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), whose state was recently hammered by Hurricane Harvey, believes that God is using hurricanes to tell people who live in coastal cities and towns to move.

During an interview with CNBC, Hensarling said it was time for the government to stop footing the bill to help out taxpayers whose homes have been destroyed by hurricanes.

"The federal government is encouraging and subsidizing people to live in harm's way," he said. "I just went to Houston, I visited with some of the survivors, I mean, people whose homes have flooded three times in eight years."

Hensarling did not mention the role of climate change in making hurricanes more intense and destructive, and instead placed the burden for dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes solely on individual homeowners.

"At some point, God is telling you to move," he said. "If all we do is force federal taxpayers to build the same home in the same fashion in the same location and expect a different result, we all know that is the classic definition of insanity."

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