Nunnelee: Government shutdown would not be the proper tactic

U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee met with the Daily Journal editorial board on Thursday and discussed the repeal of the federal health care act, the nutrition bill and immigration reform,  among other topics. (Thomas Wells)

U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee met with the Daily Journal editorial board on Thursday and discussed the repeal of the federal health care act, the nutrition bill and immigration reform, among other topics. (Thomas Wells)

By Chris Kieffer
Daily Journal

TUPELO – While U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee works to repeal Obamacare, he does not believe a government shutdown is the proper tactic.

The Republican congressman from Mississippi’s 1st District met with the Daily Journal’s editorial board on Thursday. He was asked about a plan proposed by some GOP lawmakers that would defund the Affordable Care Act, even if it meant shutting down the government.

“I just don’t think shutting down the government is a responsible approach,” he said.

Nunnelee pointed to the fact that he has voted to repeal, dismantle or defund Obamacare 40 times, noting that those votes have led to some changes in the law. He said he believes government regulations, including those created by the health care law, are creating uncertainty that is stifling business growth.

“Many (businesses) have available capital, but they are unsure because they don’t know what the rules will be,” he said.

The Tupelo Republican, who was first elected in 2010, said he plans to seek re-election to a third term in 2014. He noted that because of high turnover in Congress, he is close to having seniority to head a subcommittee on the powerful Appropriations Committee.

“I’m in a position to effectively represent the people of Mississippi and be a leader in Congress,” he said.

Asked about funding for Tupelo’s airport, Nunnelee reaffirmed his opposition to any kind of aid for passenger service to the airport.

“I think the biggest competition to the Tupelo airport is Highway 78 and Interstate 22,” he said of the road that connects Birmingham and Memphis and runs through Tupelo. “…I don’t see it worth borrowing money from my grandchildren for my convenience.”

While acknowledging the airport’s role in economic development, the congressman noted that the government borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends.

“We have to realize we are living in a different climate,” he said. “If we don’t make those difficult decisions, the warning light of Detroit should get our attention.”

Nunnelee also said:
• The U.S. should create a more business-friendly environment by reforming the tax code, rolling back unnecessary regulations and recapturing American energy.

• The tax code should be reformed with fewer deductions, a broader base and lower rates.

• Sequestration is not the best way to cut spending, and he is hopeful Congress can pass an appropriations bill that reflects priorities.

• He believes border security is the most important aspect of immigration reform and that the government needs to better keep track of people here on Visas. He called for greater use of technology to monitor who comes in and out the country.

• He believes national security measures taken after Sept. 11 have made the country safer and that sufficient checks and balances remain in place to protect privacy.

• He supports extending the portion of the nutrition bill that aids farmers but feels food stamps need to be reformed. Too many people stay in the program for too long, he said, adding that those who are physically able to work should be making efforts to do so.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com

  • ray hughes

    and so on and so forth.

  • Elbyiii

    Mr. Nunnelee needs to rethink his position on Obamacare or either get ready to pack his bags after the election!

  • 1941641

    How does a fine “Christian Man” like (R) Rep. Nonelee seem to have no concern whatsoever for the uninsured Americans/Mississippians who would benefit greatly from Obama Care? Maybe he’s really just a callous Tupelo, Republican politician who has no thoughts toward the needs of the uninsured? But, of course, he has his health insurance through the federal government and feels safe and secure with his potential health problems. However, I believe his insurance will lapse if the Republicans vote to shut-down the government or he could be forced to pay a premium price for it out of his own pocket. Then justice will be served. I hate to say that but I just can’t help it!

    Nonelee: “While acknowledging the airport’s role in economic development, the congressman noted that the government borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends.” And, our federal government gives Mississippi something like $2.00 back in benefits for every $1.00 it collects from Rep. Nonelee’s Mississippi. That tells the average Mississippian something about what part the Fed plays in the daily activities of our state. When will Nonelee and his Fundie friends turn that discrepancy around so people will stop saying Mississippi is a Socialist Red State?

    I suggest Rep. Nunnelee start right away to pay attention to the needs of his own constituency and less attention to his friends who are pulling his strings for the good of their own vested interests.

  • charlie

    I don’t understand how North Mississippi could voted for Nunnelee, he told you up-front that he was going to do just what the speaker told him to with out any regard to Mississippi.

  • charlie

    I don’t understand how North Mississippi could voted for Nunnelee, he told you up-front that he was going to do just what the speaker told him to with out any regard to Mississippi.

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