Cantor noted that funding for NOAA has increased dramatically in recent years, from $3.9 billion in 2008 up to $4.48 billion in 2010 and $5.5 billion in the president's most recent budget request. So even after the GOP cuts the funds would remain significantly above the 2008 spending levels Republicans have pledged for the overall non-defense discretionary budget.
"Again, we've all got to do more with less here," Cantor said.
He added that "the president has indicated that we are ready to respond to our ally in Japan if they need us."
Asked about whether he was concerned about nuclear power in the wake of the ongoing crisis at a plant in Japan, Cantor said that while government should draw lessons from the situation, nuclear power was an "essential" part of America's energy future.