By NEMS Daily Journal
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee voted against a $50 billion disaster aid bill for Superstorm Sandy victims this week, saying it should have been accompanied by spending cuts.
“I support providing aid to communities hit by natural disasters. I am opposed to the broken process that led to spending $50 billion without cutting spending elsewhere,” the Tupelo Republican said.
“Disaster aid, like all federal spending, is not free. We either pay for it
now or pay for it later with interest. I think we should have paid for it now.”
The House approved the aid package Tuesday 241-180. Nunnelee was the only Mississippi representative to vote against it.
Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, who represents the Mississippi Gulf Coast, supported the aid package after earlier opposing it, for which he was heavily criticizee in his home district.