This week, the President announced a major new initiative on food security, hosted the G8 and NATO summits, gave the commencement addresses in Joplin, Missouri and at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and traveled to Iowa to urge Congress to act on the “To Do List,” invest in clean energy, and extend the Production Tax Credit that has bipartisan support.
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Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported this morning that FEMA will need more money than it currently has to deal with the storm’s aftermath and is already diverting funds from other recent disasters to deal with the hurricane, but Cantor’s comments suggest Republicans won’t authorize more funds without a fight.
Cantor took the position following the tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Missouri and elsewhere in the spring and summer, and after last week’s earthquake, the epicenter for which was in his district, but the hurricane’s level of destruction is far beyond that of those disasters. Still, Cantor told Fox News that while “we’re going to find the money,” “we’re just going to need to make sure that there are savings elsewhere to do so.”
Cantor referred a bill the Republican-controlled House passed that approves $1 billion in disaster relief, which was financed by a $1.5 billion cut from loan program to encourage the production of fuel-efficient vehicles. But the need in the wake of the hurricane will likelygreatly surpass $1 billion, and that spending package was supposed to be used for tornado recovery efforts, for which several hundred million dollars has already been outlayed.
- Cantor: No hurricane emergency funding without other cuts (dailykos.com)
- Hurricane Irene relief funding sets up budget fight – CBS News (news.google.com)
- Jonathan Richards: Lunch Money (huffingtonpost.com)
- Eric Cantor: Federal Hurricane Disaster Relief Would Have To Be Offset By Spending Cuts (businessinsider.com)
- FEMA Almost Out Of Money Due To Multiple Disasters, While Cantor Plays Politics With Disaster Funds (crooksandliars.com)
- Eric Cantor: Hurricane Relief Spending Means Cuts Need To Happen Elsewhere (mediaite.com)
- Eric Cantor: No Federal Relief For Earthquake Or Hurricane Damage Unless It’s Offset By Spending Cuts (outsidethebeltway.com)
This week, President Obama traveled to Joplin, Missouri in the wake of historic and deadly tornadoes to see the devastation first hand. The President finished his week-long trip to Europe in Poland and visited Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
After a long trip overseas, President Obama wasted no time meeting his obligation as “comforter-in-chief” visiting the people and the city of Joplin, MO after a series of devastating tornadoes hit the area last week…
Face to face with the legions of homeless and the bereaved, President Barack Obama on Sunday toured the apocalyptic landscape left by Missouri’s killer tornado, consoled the community and committed the government to helping rebuild shattered lives.
Obama said survivors of the disaster in Joplin are showing the world how to come together, and he pledged that the nation, as he put it, “will be with you every step of the way.”
Obama spoke at a memorial service for victims on Sunday. He said it’s impossible to know when or why such devastation strikes. But he praised neighbors for helping each other at great risk to themselves. He said there are heroes “around us all the time.”
“This is not just your tragedy. This is a national tragedy, and that means there will be a national response,” Obama said.
Air Force One flew over a massive swath of brown as far as the eye could see – a landscape of flattened houses and stripped trees – on its approach to Joplin. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and others greeted him on the tarmac before they set out for their first stop, a walking tour of a destroyed neighborhood. A memorial service punctuated a day of remembrance one week after the disaster.
However, I’m still surprised to hear that MSNBC has suspended Schultz for just that, going over the top in criticizing Laura Ingraham on his radio show for complaining about the POTUS drinking beer in Ireland while Joplin, MO. was being destroyed by multiple tornadoes.
Ed Schultz will take one week of unpaid leave from MSNBC following his controversial comments about Laura Ingraham.
On his radio show Tuesday, Schultz called Ingraham a “right-wing slut.”
Wednesday evening, the network released the following statement about the matter, saying “remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated”:
MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
It is not the first time Schultz’s fiery rhetoric has gotten him in hot water. Last summer, Schultz was reportedly chastised by MSNBC execs after threatening to “torch this place” if he was not included in network promos. In September, he was then reprimanded by the network after calling New Jersey Governor Chris Christie a “cold-hearted fat slob.”
Listen to Ed Schultz’ faux pas:
- MSNBC’s Ed Schultz: Laura Ingraham is a ‘Right Wing Slut’ (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- BREAKING: MSNBC Suspends Ed Schultz Over ‘Unacceptable’ Remarks (mediaite.com)
- Too Far: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Calls Laura Ingraham A ‘Right-Wing Slut’ (mediaite.com)
- Ed Schultz Shouldn’t Use the Word ‘Slut’ to Describe Ladies [Video] (gawker.com)
- Democrat’s Civility – Call Republican Woman a SLUT on National TV (dewgeneral.wordpress.com)
- So Not OK: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Calls Laura Ingraham a “Right-Wing Slut” (blogher.com)
- Ed Schultz: Eric Bolling Is ‘Auditioning To Be Fox’s Chief New Nutjob’ (mediaite.com)
“The disaster aid package would be financed by a $1.5 billion cut from a loan program to encourage the production of fuel-efficient vehicles.”
Well that’s a nice neat way of kissing the oil industries ass and kicking the people of Joplin, Mo. to the curb!
In the aftermath of Sunday’s devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo., a key House panel has approved a $1 billion aid package to make sure federal disaster relief accounts don’t run out before the end of the budget year in September.
The Appropriations panel approved the measure by voice vote as an amendment to a measure funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other Department of Homeland Security programs for the 2012 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
The disaster aid package would be financed by a $1.5 billion cut from a loan program to encourage the production of fuel-efficient vehicles. That means the new spending wouldn’t add to out-of-control budget deficits.
- House GOP to advance $1B disaster aid package (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Aiding Disaster Relief in Joplin (petrosbaptist.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Eric Cantor: Any Disaster Relief Funds Must Be Offset With Spending Cuts Elsewhere (mediaite.com)
- Cantor balks at tornado relief; tells Missouri “Them’s the breaks” (garystlawrence.wordpress.com)