In the aftermath of the devastating tornado in Joplin, House Majority Whip Eric Cantor created controversy and unrest when he said federal money to aid the recovery in Joplin wouldn’t come without corresponding cuts.
Specifically he said:
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.
Now, Cantor’s home state of Virginia is suffering after Hurricane Irene caused damage up and down the east coast, and he says the same test applies – money for hurricane relief has to be offset by spending cuts.
Cantor told Fox News that while “we’re going to find the money,” “we’re just going to need to make sure that there are savings elsewhere to do so.”
This news also comes as money for the Joplin recovery is shifted to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Irene.