Nunnelee Lands Spot On Appropriations
Alan Nunnelee, who gave up his post as the chairman of the Appropriations committee in the state Senate, has landed a very plum seat on the Appropriations committee in the House when the new Congress convenes in January. Nunnelee looks to be one of three freshman Republicans tapped for the powerful committee, and one of just 11 freshman to be placed on an “A” committee.
Here is a statement from Nunnelee: “I appreciate the show of confidence from Leader Boehner, Congressman Cantor and the Republican Steering Committee. In these tough economic times families are making difficult decisions and they have every right to expect the same from their government. We’ve made the tough choices in Jackson and now we need to do the same in Washington. It time to roll up our sleeves and find ways to stop the out of control spending in our nation’s capitol.”
** Among other assignments, Gregg Harper will get a seat on the Energy and Commerce committee.
Here is a statement from the sophomore legislator: “As the son of a former petroleum engineer, I have always been interested in energy policy. I support an all of the above energy strategy that harnesses new technologies and increases American energy production ultimately leading to an energy independent America. Mississippi has an opportunity to lead the nation in renewable technologies through projects like the Kemper County clean-coal plant.”
Note: These committee assignments must be ratified by the full Republican conference, which is expected to happen next week.
Lame duck happenings. While a lot of attention is paid to the incoming Congress, there is still a session going on. Among some of the more controversial items, the DREAM Act passed the House this week with Bennie Thompson being the lone supporter of the measure among the Mississippi delegation. It is DOA in the Senate.
Also in the Senate, Democrats failed in their attempt to repeal the military’s ban on gays yesterday, with Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran joining most Republicans in voting against the legislation. This bill may come back. Another key bill- one called the Public Safety Employee-Employer Cooperation Act which would have forced Mississippi (and others) to use collective bargaining with public safety workers- died as well. Wicker and Cochran also opposed it.
Also, on unions, Bennie Thompson- still chair of the House Homeland Security committee- recently wrote a letter to the head of the TSA urging collective bargaining rights for passenger and baggage screeners.
** One bill that Wicker is supporting is legislation giving states the right co challenge federal regulations. He introduced the bill yesterday and spoke on the Senate floor about the legislation. Here is a clip of that speech.
And here is a line from the end of the speech you may enjoy: “It’s late in this Congress but there is another one looming with reinforcements coming from the people.”