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Monday, May 23, 2011

Eric Cantor: Disaster relief for Joplin must be offset by spending cuts

If House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has his way, the city of Joplin will receive no disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts….

Senator Claire McCaskill spoke about the tornado in Joplin, Missouri on the floor of the Senate today. She praised the response of the community, of state and federal agencies, and first responders. She mentions House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (r) at approximately six minutes into the video:

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): [6:11] …In this instance we’re gonna need to sustain the support to this community far beyond the headlines, far beyond the satellite trucks going home. We’ve got to get these schools open in September. We’ve got to get this hospital rebuilt. We’ve got to make sure this community is not left stranded without the assistance it needs.

There is no question we have to be careful about the ay we spend federal money, but, with all due respect, to Congressman [Eric] Cantor [r] I have a hard time believing that if this were in his congressional district he would be talking about how additional disaster relief would not be available, uh, unless we found some other programs to take it from. It must be available. This cannot be a political football. We must provide the assistance. [7:00]

We can guess what Claire was really thinking about Representative Cantor and his comments about Joplin, Missouri. And to think he’s a member of the House’s republican leadership.