Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cantor Wants to Hold Disaster Relief for Tornado Hostage

Absolutely, mind-blowingly shameful behavior from Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Cantor suggested that the House should hold disaster relief for the deadliest tornado in the past half century hostage for the sake of his political ideology. From Think Progress:
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.

Fired Up Missouri has information about how you can help tornado victims.

1 comment:

  1. As a former citizen of Joplin, to say I took great exception to this is an understatement. My family still living there, along with many others, has lost their home. Out of the almost 7000 structures destroyed, only 4000 were insured. Most of those were elderly who had paid off their mortgage. The median income of the city was around $30,000 a year. Among the areas taken was an extremely large apartment complex, which essentially served for low income housing. Thousands are still living in the shelter established at the college. It is contemplated that thousands which were unable to find homes will be housed in tent cities or FEMA trailers. Its going to be a long road to rebuilding the city.