Disaster relief can be expensive, particularly for a government embroiled in a huge fight over rampant fiscal spending. The government usually finds the money to pay for hurricane and flood relief.
But, this time around, a spokesman for a top GOP Congressman in the thick of the spending fight says her boss will demand that lawmakers pony up spending cuts to make up for any disaster expenditures.
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A spokeswoman for Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-VA) told Talking Points Memo, a website, that Mr. Cantor has consistently said that additional funds for federal disaster relief ought to be offset with spending cuts.
Ok, so what dollar amounts might we be talking about here?
Lets take a look at a ranking of the costliest hurricanes, in 2009 dollars, courtesy of FOX News analyst James Farrell. Data is from the Insurance Information Institute.
TOP TEN MOST COSTLY U.S. HURRICANES Hurricane Dates Damages 1. Katrina Aug. 2005 $45.1 BN 2. Andrew Aug. 1992 22.2 BN 3. Ike Sep. 2008 12.6 BN 4. Wilma Oct. 2005 11.3 BN 5. Charley Aug. 2004 8.5 BN 6. Ivan Sep. 2004 8.1 BN 7. Hugo Sep. 1989 6.6 BN 8. Rita Sep. 2005 6.2 BN 9. Frances Sep. 2004 5.2 BN 10. Jeanne Sep. 2004 4.1 BN
Notes: 09 $$; excludes flood damage
Source: Insurance Information Institute