Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Republican Rep. Eric Cantor Turns our Stomachs by withholding federal funds from Joplin unless offset by spending cuts.

I’m not that surprised by todays brutal inhumanity voiced by the party of extremes, but it’s time for Republican voters to wake up to their new austerity agenda. What a time to talk about balancing the budget. It proves Republicans are proposing cuts with no contingent plan for a natural disaster, much less another terrorist attack or economic collapse. From ThinkProgress:

Firefighters and rescue workers who arrived in Joplin, MO, found that the deadly tornado that hit the state Sunday had left a “barren, smoky wasteland” in its path. Rescue workers worked through more storms in an effort to find potential survivors, even as the death toll rose to at least 119. President Obama pledged full support to the state Monday, telling survivors, “We’re here with you. We’re going to stay by you.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), however, said that before Congress approved federal funds for disaster relief, it had to offset the spending with cuts to other programs. The Washington Times reports:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday that if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help Missouri’s tornado victims, the extra money will have to be cut from somewhere else. 
If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental,” Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. The term “pay-fors” is used by lawmakers to signal cuts or tax increases used to pay for new spending.

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