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Two Mississippi Republicans Sworn-in at Start of 112th Congress

By Teresa Collier | Published 06 Jan 2011 09:37am | comments
Mississippi’s two new Republicans in Washington were sworn-in to office as the 112th Congress

Mississippi’s two new Republicans in Washington were sworn-in to office as the 112th Congress convened Wednesday. Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo are barely settled in and already facing tough votes. Manuel Quinones has more from Capitol Hill.

Steven Palazzo says he supports the Republican effort to move forward quickly with a vote on repealing the new health law. One could happen as early as next week. Still, with a Democratic majority in the Senate and President Obama in the White House, Palazzo knows the repeal effort is largely symbolic

PALAZZO - “There is probably going to be a certain veto. We may not be able to overcome the veto. If this is the first step, let’s get that vote out of the way and then begin dismantling it piece by piece.”

A lawmaker’s work in Congress and his ability to represent constituents often depends on committee assignments. Palazzo’s:

PALAZZO - “Armed Services, Science and Technology, I could not have asked for better committees.”

Mississippi’s other new Congressman – Alan Nunnelee – was tapped to serve on the powerful Appropriations Committee. In the past, the panel was a place for lawmakers to funnel funding for special projects back home. Its mandate is now to cut spending.

Either way, the appointments for Nunnelee and Palazzo ensure a voice for Mississippi in powerful forums on Capitol Hill.

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Mississippi’s two new Republicans in Washington were sworn-in to office as the 112th Congress


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