WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo on Friday joined the House Republican majority in voting to defund the Affordable Care Act while keeping the government going on a stopgap basis.
The 230-189 vote sets up a showdown with the Senate, which is expected to reject the portion of the House budget bill that strips funding from the health care law.
“There is not a single law worse for individual liberty, limited government or job creation than Obamacare,” Nunnelee said in a statement released after the vote.
Mississippi’s other Republican U.S. House members, Steven Palazzo and Gregg Harper, also voted for the bill. Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson did not vote.
The provision defunding the health care law was inserted in the bill by the House GOP leadership under pressure from Tea Party activists. Nunnelee’s Tupelo office was picketed earlier this week, and the Tupelo Tea Party issued an email Friday thanking Nunnelee for “standing with the American people.”