By NEMS Daily Journal
U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., joined a majority of fellow House Republicans on Monday in voting for a compromise bill that would raise the federal debt ceiling by $900 billion immediately while cutting federal spending by at least $2.1 trillion over a span of 10 years.
The measure, which would stave off a potential default on the U.S. government’s debt, heads to the Senate, where a vote is expected today. The House vote was 269-161.
U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Mississippi Republicans, will vote for the measure, they announced Monday. The bill is also backed by U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper and Steven Palazzo, both R-Miss.
“The American people have had enough of empty promises and budget gimmicks. …While this agreement is not the ultimate solution to our spending-driven debt crisis, it offers a historic change in direction,” said Nunnelee.
“The Budget Control Act makes real spending cuts and represents a change in direction for Washington,” said Wicker. “The president wanted a blank check, but we succeeded in cutting federal spending, preventing tax increases and moving toward a Balanced Budget Amendment.”
“I will vote for this legislation because it cuts spending and is necessary to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations,” Cochran said. “I see this measure as a significant step forward in the long process of getting our fiscal house in order.”
Democrat Bennie Thompson voted no in the House.