Disaster Aid The Next Political Hostage?

If comments from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor are to be believed, the Tea Bag wing of the Grand Old Party might be looking to tie any disaster aid requested in the wake of this week’s earthquake and hurricane on the East Coast to spending cuts before getting House approval.

Cantor raised some eyebrows on Wednesday when, in the aftermath of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast and originated in his district, he said Congress will help those hurt by the earthquake but will require finding offsets for any federal aid.

“When there’s a disaster there’s an appropriate federal role and we will find the monies,” Cantor said during a news conference in Mineral, Va. “But we’ve had discussions about these things before and those monies will be offset with appropriate savings or cost-cutting elsewhere in order to meet the priority of the federal government’s role in a situation like this.”

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