1. DISASTER RELIEF

    Cantor: Storm Aid Means Spending Cuts

    epa02820997 US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivers remarks regarding ongoing deficit reduction negotiations and rising health care costs, during an event entitled 'Controlling Costs, the Price of Good Health', at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, USA, 12 July 2011. Leader Cantor said the most recent negotiations on the debt limit and deficit with President Barack Obama, on 11 July 2011, were 'not very fruitful'.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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    Looks as though Irene has something to say about the debt crisis in D.C.—Hurricane Irene, that is. A spokesperson for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that if “additional funds” are needed for hurricane damage, they’ll need to be offset with spending cuts. It’s important to note that the Republican took a similarly controversial stance after the Joplin tornado, and, more recently, after the earthquake in Virginia. Interestingly, Cantor is from Virginia.

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