Do you agree with House Republicans that any disaster relief for tornado victims should be offset by spending cuts?
I understand the desire to control the nation’s climbing debt. But it seems to me there is considerable debate required about how best to achieve that, and the need in the nation’s heartland isn’t going to wait for months for a contentious national debate to play out.
The two parties can’t even agree on what should be on the table yet. Republicans say that increasing revenues and cutting defense spending can’t even be discussed. Democrats say cutting spending on education and the social safety net should be off the table. Resolving a gulf that wide will likely take longer than the people of the Midwest can wait. Should disaster response move ahead unfettered, or wait till the two parties resolve their differences about revenue and spending priorities?