tornado in Joplin, Missouri, last May, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said that emergency funding must be offset by budget cuts. Now Cantor is raising the same requirement regarding Hurricane Irene, which has been battering his state, Virginia:
"We aren't going to speculate on damage before it happens, period," [Cantor] spokesperson Laena Fallon emails. "But, as you know, Eric has consistently said that additional funds for federal disaster relief ought to be offset with spending cuts."
So this is Cantor's pattern: when there's a disaster, he's strict with the purse strings. When it comes to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, he'll fight for them while acknowledging that they increase the deficit–yet won't insist that they be offset by spending cuts.