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October 17, 2013

Palazzo, Nunnelee oppose shutdown resolution

JACKSON —

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Reps. Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee voted against a resolution Wednesday night that ended the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper and Democrat Bennie Thompson and U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans voted for the resolution.

Palazzo said the resolution did nothing to address the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and did nothing to reduce spending.

"The Senate deal only punts the tough decisions yet again, something I find unacceptable for the future of our nation. My colleagues and I will continue to fight to ensure a better country for our children and grandchildren," Palazzo said in a statement after the House vote.

Nunnelee agree, saying the deal failed to address the problems Congress was elected to fix including the health care law and the national debt.

"Every day, there is more evidence the 'Obamacare' train wreck is destroying the health insurance market and driving up costs on hardworking families. Every day, the mountain of debt our grandchildren will have to repay grows larger. Every day, we see more grim news about people struggling to find jobs. In order to save the American dream for present and future generations, it is our duty to attack these problems head on," he said.

Wicker said the deal "will reopen the government and allow the United States to pay its bills."

"While it doesn't fix the problems associated with 'Obamacare,' it is important for Congress to reopen the government, not default on our bills, and get this crisis behind us," he said.

Thompson said the "burden placed on seniors, veterans, our financial markets and communities due to an unnecessary government shutdown have been too great."

"Moving forward with the Senate deal to put Americans back to work, ending the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling is the best direction for our country, and I will continue working to build Mississippi and our country," he said.

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