Palazzo was one of 49 Republicans to vote "yes" on the measure. The final vote was 241-180. One-hundred-seventy-nine Republicans opposed the bill, along with one Democrat. Mississippi's lone "no" vote this time came from Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who serves the northeast part of the state.
A statement from Palazzo's camp said he advocated for this bill because he believed the people of the northeast were in dire need. But, he said his previous vote was because he did not want to vote for a package that raised the debt and was not paid for.
“I’ve advocated for relief for Sandy victims, with much-needed reforms for our disaster relief systems,” he said. “I am glad I could contribute to House legislation this week that gave us just that.”
Palazzo helped with a bill that passed unanimously Monday that he said makes way for the beginnings of disaster relief reform.
Palazzo caught grief nation-wide and locally for his previous "no" vote. He was the lone Mississippi delegate to vote in that manner. Since then, he visited the areas hit hardest by Sandy.
"It brouight back vivid images of Hurricane Katrina and the destruction that my home state of Mississippi experienced seven years agao," he told his colleagues Tuesday. "We cannot wait another seven years-we cannot wait until another disaster before we take up these reforms."
It remained unclear why Nunnelee voted against the bill. Rep. Gregg Harper, who voted "yes" on both relief bills told us when the last one passed that he was looking into how loaded the bill might be, or how many additional spending measures might be piggy-backed onto the measure.
Palazzo speaking to Congress