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With Hurricane Bearing Down Cantor Spox Says Disaster Relief Should Be Paid For With Spending Cuts


It's worth pointing out that his home state of Virginia is in the line of the storm, so this, just as with the relatively minor earthquake damage, could present him with a political conundrum. Even if his non-coastal district escapes unscathed, his fellow delegates will want federal aid post haste, sans Congressional wrangling over the budget. The statement is, to be fair, an "ought to," not a "must," so perhaps this will be revisited.

Late update: To underscore how real this scenario is, Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia.

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