By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
The House late Tuesday voted down and amendment by a tea party-backed Republican from California, Tom McClintock, to slash the Essential Air Service program.
EAS provides subsidized air service to mostly rural communities across the country. Among them are Tupelo, Greenville and Hattiesburg/Laurel in Mississippi.
It was a bipartisan vote to defeat the amendment, 238-164, with many tea party conservatives voting to kill it.
Alan Nunnelee was the only Mississippi congressman to vote for the amendment. Fellow Republicans Gregg Harper and Steven Palazzo, along with Democrat Benny Thompson, voted against the measure.