"This has been an infuriating week for Texans.Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too, ' Cruz said in a statement with ABC News".
The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday night about the senator's whereabouts after photos of him and his family at the Houston airport appeared on Twitter, met with huge criticism as an estimated half a million Texans were left without electricity amid freezing temperatures.
"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends".
"Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My".
Cruz was captured at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, with several photos showing him standing at a gate, at an airline lounge and onboard a plane.
Cruz's office dismissed the criticism.
Ted Cruz’s office has declined to release any details about the family holiday
But now Texas is facing a devastating winter storm of its own - with record-low temperatures, impassable roads, and the state's electric grid operator losing control of the power supply all at play - and the cohort that directed ire at politicians on the other side of the aisle are facing pushback for what some viewed as a callous response. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported on Thursday morning that a "majority of customers" have had their power restored. He is expected to return Thursday afternoon.
The controversy over the storm quickly became fodder for the nascent 2022 election battle for congressional seats in Texas, though Mr Cruz won't be up for re-election until 2024. "We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people", the group said in a statement.
President Biden declared over the weekend that "an emergency exists" in Texas and ordered "federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency condition" resulting from the storm.
Texas is now experiencing a historic deep freeze, which has killed at least 21 people and knocked out power to more than 4 million people across the state.
In December Cruz eviscerated Austin Mayor Steve Adler as a "hypocrite" for vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, during the pandemic after he told residents to stay home.