Miss. delegation splits on fiscal cliff bill

All three Republicans in Mississippi’s House delegation voted against legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, while the state’s only Democrat representative voted for it.

Republican U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo cast no votes, while Democrat Bennie Thompson voted for the legislation that passed 257-167 Tuesday.

Nunnelee said in a statement after the vote that out-of-control spending is the reason the country is $16 trillion in debt and the deal adds to the problem.

“Allowing more revenue today and promising to look at cutting spending down the road is the oldest trick in the Washington book. Somehow, the day to cut spending never comes. I cannot support a deal that adds to our spending-driven debt crisis,” he said.

AP
1/2/13