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Cantor: Hurricane Disaster Relief Will Have To Be Offset With Program Cuts (VIDEO)

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This won't be a shock to close observers of the House GOP, who've seen this script before. Cantor's staff reiterated the cuts-for-aid policy to TPM Thursday. But it will surprise voters who, for instance, recall trillion-dollar unfunded wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Cantor points out that the House passed a billion additional dollars of disaster relief (offset by a cut to a program incentivizing the production of fuel efficient vehicles) aimed at tornado stricken regions in Missouri and Alabama that the Senate hasn't acted on. But that money's part of a broad Homeland Security appropriations bill, not stand-alone legislation, and the damage Irene caused is expected to run into the billions -- the earliest estimates had total losses at about $7 billion.

Watch video, via ThinkProgress: