Video of the Day: Cantor Says Cuts Must Offset Disaster Relief

By Chris Good

Disaster funding is usually uncontroversial, but in the new era of fiscal conservatism, a debate is forming over how to handle it. Some House Republicans want relief funds to be offset by unrelated spending cuts, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) reiterated that position in the above interview with Fox on Monday.

House Republicans want the government to behave "just like any family would operate when it's struck with disaster. It finds the money it needs to to take care of a sick loved one or what have you, and goes without trying to buy a new car or put an addition onto the house," Cantor said.

Republicans took this stance on disaster funding in May, after a massive tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., but several Republicans spoke out against requiring offsets.

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