This should play well in Missouri next year: House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Meanie) has blocked federal disaster-relief help for Joplin, where an incredible storm and tornado killed at least 122 people and leveled much of the town. Police and firefighters and ambulance workers are still pulling victims from the rubble, and the Republican House is saying no help for these people from the federal government unless a bunch of programs the Republicans hate (all of them, except for defense industry no-bid contracts) are de-funded. Why not just wear monster masks and go around scaring babies, too?
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.
This is kind of like when the Republican Congress repeatedly refused to provide medical care for the 9/11 emergency workers, even as they repeatedly authorized hundreds of billions of dollars to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Elsewhere ostensibly because of the 9/11 attacks. I don’t want to be all shrill but these guys are dicks. [Think Progress]