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Republican U.S. House Leader Says Joplin, Missouri Tornado Help Contingent On Other Budget Cuts—122 Counted Dead So Far

Republican U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia says that any federal assistance for the Joplin, Missouri tornadoes will have to be offset by others cuts in the federal budget.

(Update 5/26/11—As the death toll rises Republicans running the U.S. House are continuing to debate if tornado help should be tied to other spending cuts.)    

(Above—Picture of Joplin damage as taken by macahanC6R.)  

From the Washington Times

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday that if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help Missouri’s tornado victims, the extra money will have to be cut from somewhere else. If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental,” Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. The term “pay-fors” is used by lawmakers to signal cuts or tax increases used to pay for new spending.” 

The death toll from the Joplin tornadoes is currently listed at 122. 

President Obama has promised the full help of the federal government. 

Do you think that Mr. Cantor and the current hard-right Republican Party would help hard-working Americans when times are rough?

Are these the people you want in power when you need the Medicare and the Social Security that you have worked to earn?

Mr. Cantor and his fellow Republicans in Congress blocked the end of the Bush Tax Cuts on people earning more than $250,000.

In the end, people are just going to have to decide what kind of country we are going to have.

You can assist tornado victims by donating to the Red Cross.

May 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Help Needed In Alabama And Elsewhere In The Nation Due To Rough Spring Weather

Many people have been killed, injured, and left homeless by the terrible storms and tornadoes in Alabama and across much of the South.

You can click here to see what the Red Cross is doing and how you can assist.

Here is a story from the Birmingham News that details many donation drop-off points and clean- up efforts that being made throughout Alabama.

President Obama will be visit Alabama today and offer federal assistance.

Here is some basic information on what a tornado is from the National Severe Storm Laboratory of the U.S. government.

Many places in the South and elsewhere in the nation are having a rough spring of tornadoes, floods, fire, and drought.

Folks can use some help. Please consider assisting in some manner if you are able.

April 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment