Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said political gridlock is making it difficult for legislators to achieve progress in budget discussions and job creation.
Nunnelee defended his voting record, saying he has voted in line with his campaign platform. He spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday afternoon. He took his seat in Congress in January, but the defeat of key initiatives, such as the balanced budget amendment that failed last Friday due to lack of a House majority, are mostly due to a divided legislative branch, he said.
The proposed constitutional amendment would have required Congress to balance the budget each year, as local and state governments are required to do. The amendment failed for a lack of 23 votes.
Sometimes, even when a bill passes the House, it dies on the Senate floor.