Cantor: No Earthquake Aid Without Spending Cuts


The earthquake may have shaken up a lot of things in Washington, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is standing firm on his plans to ensure that the deficit does not continue to expand.  So, if members of his district want help cleaning up or fixing damaged structures, first the government needs to find some new place to cut spending to balance it out.

Via Roll Call:

“There is an appropriate federal role in incidents like this,” the Republican said after touring the damage in his district. “Obviously, the problem is that people in Virginia don’t have earthquake insurance.”

The next step will be for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to decide whether to make an appeal for federal aid, Cantor said. The House Majority Leader would support such an effort but would look to offset the cost elsewhere in the federal budget.

“All of us know that the federal government is busy spending money it doesn’t have,” Cantor said in Culpeper, where the quake damaged some buildings along a busy shopping thoroughfare.

Sound familiar?  It should.  Cantor also made the same proclamation of no aid without spending cuts to offset it when the Midwest was devastated by massive tornadoes earlier this summer.

Earlier disaster relief aid was offset with leftover stimulus funding that went unspent.  But it’s unlikely that there are many more such bones to pick clean in the budget cabinet, especially after the austerity measures that have been already taken this year.

If there’s nothing unspent to offset the aid, will Cantor really make his constituents pay for the damage themselves, right before heading into an election cycle?  Or will he look for more social safety net programs he can strip a bit from in order to ensure the government is “living within its means”?


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Carole R.
Carole R7 years ago

How awful. This country is turning into a land for the rich and well-off only. So sad. :0(

Dan B.
Dan Brook7 years ago

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

William F.
William Baylor7 years ago

The Republican fascist, racist, gay bashing Christian 'jesus freak' greedy bigots love to beat on the poor, the working class and are hell bent on giving more tax breaks to the rich freaks in America!

pat B.
pat B7 years ago

This man is evil .
Come on people...get it together and work against this evil that is afoot . I am not religious but all I see lately are the works of the Devil .

Julian Adler
Julian A7 years ago

I'd call Cantor an animal but he's beneath any I can think of because this idiot ostensibly has the ability to think on a level that is just high enough to enable him to look down with disdain on anyone unlike himself and his cohorts. So let me just say that in the grand scheme of things, Eric Cantor is a third rate dick!

Ernie Miller
william Miller7 years ago

not suprising? Wonder where he will stand on the huricane? by the way I am sure he will still tell you there is no global worming.

Kim C.
Kim C7 years ago

Cantor has a heart made of asbestos with stricnine (misspelled poison) running through his veins. I think Ghadafy has more compassion that Cantor for the people.

I truly hope that the people elect a much better representative in the next election than Cantor.

Bev E.
Bev E7 years ago

Cantor will hold Congress and the country hostage no matter what emergency or crisis appears. He has no remorse and because of his mindset can not look at the consequence.. Once a mindset is in place it becomes easy to just say "no". Just think about Cantor's texting and how texting works. I remember Cantor texting during one of Obama's state of union speeches and yelling out "you lie". It's so easy to pass a message and click without thinking of the consequences. This is where Cantor's mindset begins and ends - like his texting.

Here's a quote and a perfect description of a mindset. I received this in an e-mail regarding Republicans mindset of saying "no" no matter what the issue:

"A person with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him that you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts and figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point."

Leon Festinger - American Social Psychologist - 1919 - 1989

Rob K.
Rob Keenan7 years ago

Irene will effect many people way beyond where you live,Diane O.-a total of 65 million people in 10 states.She will severely impact people regardless of their politics or economic status.You Diane may be in for a wakeup call in this regard if this your first hurricane. There's the good possibility that the property damage you suffer may cost more than either you,your state and private charity can bear yourselves. In which case,although dislike you very much,I want you to get whatever Federal assistance you will need,as quickly as possible,and unconditionally,because that will mean EVERYONE who needs it will get that help; including relatives of mine,from North Carolina to New England. In this one respect,Diane O.,altough separated by more than 3,000 miles,rather than politcal foes,shouldn't we think of each other as neighbors? In this case it shouldn't be me against you,Democrat against Republican,but us against Hurricane Irene. Isn't this what we ALL should try to get Cantor to see?

Rob K.
Rob Keenan7 years ago

Beyond this blackmail attempt being directed by Cantor at his own district,he also engaged in this blackmail last spring after the horrible tornado in Joplin Mo.Which is why we can be certain Cantor will do the same in the wake of Hurricane Irene(which I misspelled "Ilene"yesterday). It is in this sense,Diane O.,that at 3;51 P.M,PDT,Aug25,you were wrong when you replied to Louise D. that "Liberals just want to be negative without a relevent cause." This matter of needed help should never have been about Liberals vs. Conservatives .This is truer when it comes to Irene,whose effects will be felt FAR beyond Cantor's district.