Taking federal disaster relief hostage makes Cantor unfit to represent Virginians

8/29/2011

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2011

Contact: Brian Coy, 804-644-1966, brian@vademocrats.org

 

Taking federal disaster relief hostage makes Cantor unfit to represent Virginians

 

Virginia Rep. continues to put tea party politics ahead of Virginians; McDonnell and Allen should denounce him

 

Richmond, VA – Today Virginia congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated his statement that none of the areas affected by Hurricane Irene, including his own hard-hit Central Virginia district, would receive federal disaster relief without corresponding tea party cuts to federal spending.

"Thousands of Virginians are coping with damaged homes and businesses, and four families that we know of have suffered the loss of a loved one.  Yet Eric Cantor still can’t bring himself put to their best interests ahead of tea party politics. Anyone willing to play political games while people are suffering is unfit to be a congressman,” said DPVA Executive Director David Mills.

 

“Instead of doing everything he can to help Virginians and people on the East Coast recover from the loss of life and property that Irene dealt over the weekend, Cantor is parading around on Fox News talking about how he will hold federal aid hostage unless he gets to slash the budget. 

 

“I urge Republicans like Governor Bob McDonnell and George Allen to stand with struggling Virginia families and denounce Cantor’s callous and extreme position on critical federal aid for people who have been affected by this natural disaster.”

 

Today Cantor appeared on Fox News and reaffirmed his position that before federal disaster aid is made available, “we're just going to need to make sure that there are savings elsewhere to do so."

 

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