Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chutzpah of the Day

Via TPM, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is pressing FEMA on the status of relief funds for his district after last month’s natural disasters, including an earthquake and a brush with Hurricane Irene.

On Friday, Cantor held a conference call with Federal Emergency Management Agency and Louisa County officials. A readout of the call provided by Cantor’s office indicates that he asked FEMA officials about the timeline and process for determining whether the agency would grant federal assistance. ‘FEMA said they have received the Governor’s request and sent it to the White House for a decision but could not provide any specific information on timing,” the readout said. “Even when asked for an estimate based on past applications they were unable to do so.”

That’s just a bit ironic, given that it was Mr. Cantor who threatened to kill any more money for FEMA unless the Democrats agreed to off-setting budget cuts, and one of the reasons the final bill with the FEMA money took so long to pass was because of his threats to kill all the FEMA funding.