Nunnelee defends budget deal, debt limit hike

TUPELO – Freshman Congressman Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., defended his position on the nation’s financial woes Tuesday in the face of criticism from those seeking a harder stance.

Nunnelee, a Tupelo resident who represents Mississippi’s 1st District, told the Daily Journal’s editorial board he favors a methodical, steady approach to reducing America’s debt burden and that it, unfortunately, involved raising its credit limit.

“I know there were those who would have preferred we shut down the government” instead of raising the debt ceiling, Nunnelee said, “but I don’t think that cutting off Social Security checks or cutting off pay to men and women who are in combat or shutting down Medicare is the right thing to do.”

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