President Obama pledged full support to the state of Missouri Monday, after the worst tornado in 50 years ripped through the town of Joplin and churned up $3 billion in damages. But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said that before Congress approved federal funds for disaster relief, it had to offset the spending with cuts to other programs. In the short term, a House panel yesterday proposed $1 billion in emergency disaster relief money that would be offset by a spending cut elsewhere. Where that money will be taken from remains to be seen, but as natural disasters seem to occur more frequently, and the Republican-controlled House aims to rein in government spending, how will the government offset these future costs? Should other programs be cut in preparation?