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Congressman Nunnelee Discusses Budget Impasse

By Sandra Knispel | Published 23 Mar 2011 02:17pm | comments
Congressman Alan Nunnelee speaks with MPB's Sandra Knispel at the University of Mississippi's Tad Smith Coliseum on Tuesday in Oxford.

The United States Senate agreed last week to yet another fiscal band aid until April 8 to keep the federal government from shutting down. Meanwhile, as MPB’s Sandra Knispel reports from Oxford, Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee is getting frustrated with the Senate’s approach to the looming budget crisis.

“The United States Senate needs to put a plan on the table and then we can begin to negotiate,” Nunnelee said.

Alan Nunnelee is the Republican freshman Congressman from northern Mississippi, representing the Magnolia state’s 1st Congressional District.

“As a band aid to get us through two different time periods we passed a two week extension and then we followed that up with a three-week extension. In that total of five weeks we’ve cut $10 billion of spending," the Congressman said.

But after two extensions, Nunnelee says he’s done with the piecemeal approach.

"I have to tell you after two extensions I’m loosing my appetite for continued short-term extensions. I think we need to pass one bill to finalize funding of the government throughout the rest of this fiscal year so we then can begin the process of starting the fiscal year 2012, which starts in October.”

The Republican puts the blame for the budget impasse squarely at the feet of the Democratic-led Senate.

"The Senate failed to pass our plan, they failed to pass their own plan, they failed to pass any seven-month plan and it’s very difficult to negotiate with silence.”

The last time a budget impasse forced agencies to close down was in November and December of 1995, under the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Sandra Knispel, MPB News Oxford. 

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Congressman Alan Nunnelee speaks with MPB's Sandra Knispel at the University of Mississippi's Tad Smith Coliseum on Tuesday in Oxford.


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