Hudson Valley congresswoman Nan Hayworth told a local newspaper that she backs House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s calls for budget cuts to pay for Hurricane Irene clean-up.
“We’re facing a natural disaster in the middle of an economic disaster,” Hayworth said Wednesday. “The federal government has to balance its budget the way our families do.”
She said there are “plenty of options” for government to find the money in “non-military discretionary funding,” and it should be a collaborative effort between members of the House and Senate.
“Spending is going to be pared down significantly. There’s no question about it,” Hayworth said.
The comments brought a swift rebuke from Richard Becker, a Democrat running against Hayworth.
“The last time Congresswoman Hayworth participated in a game of hostage with her party leadership, the credit rating of the United States government was downgraded,” he said. “The question for Congresswoman Hayworth is: does she agree with Eric Cantor and the Tea Party or does she agree that we need to provide disaster relief for the Hudson Valley, regardless as to whether it can be offset elsewhere in the budget?”