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Mississippi GOPer backtracks opposition to Sandy relief funding

Though he voted against the first round of Hurricane Sandy relief aid, Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., says he has changed his position, following backlash over his 2005 request for federal aid for his own district, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

In a statement, Palazzo says he flipped after touring the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. "I was saddened to see the hard-hit portions of New Jersey and New York. I was reminded of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Mississippians have been through much of what the Sandy victims are experiencing," he said.

"Now is the time for the federal government to provide immediate relief to those affected by the storm," Palazzo continued. "I am fully committed to providing the relief they so desperately need."

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