Senate Breaks GOP Filibuster To Approve Disaster Relief, Putting Ball In Cantor’s Court

Senate Democrats finally passed a natural disaster relief package this evening, getting eight Republicans senators to help them overcome a GOP filibuster of the bill. Despite the unprecedented number of natural disasters this year, Republicans have demanded the new funds be offset by spending cuts elsewhere, even though such aid is not traditionally offset. Now the bill heads to the House, where Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been outspoken is his demand for the offsets — will he hold up the aid package that FEMA says it needs?