Thank you, Mississippi!

Thursday, November 08, 2012 | Comments (10)
It is an honor to serve in the U.S. Senate, and I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to represent the people of Mississippi. I appreciate the confidence Mississippians have placed in me. I will work to justify that trust. We face a time of massive problems in the federal government. Unfortunately there are no simple answers, but now is the time to come together and address these challenges.

Gayle and I are thankful for all of your hard work and support.

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DJournal.com: Politicos Mix with Business People at MEC Event

Thursday, November 01, 2012 | Comments (6)

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker says he wants another term in the U.S. Senate to continue fighting bureaucracy and seeking ways to cut budgets and promote American energy. ..

Magee Courier: Senator Wicker Visits County

Thursday, November 01, 2012 | Comments (8)
Roger Wicker made an official stop in Magee last week, visiting and encouraging many Simpson County residents including seniors from Simpson County Academy.

Representing Mississippi in the US Senate since 2007, Senator Wicker has encouraged pro-growth policies to create jobs and has worked to reduce spending, limit federal overreach, and maintain a strong national defense.

Senator Wicker spoke about the needs of national defense, and the contributions Mississippi provides in this area.?He brought attention to the jobs national defense has created in Mississippi, from nose cone assembly, ship manufacturing to creating radars.

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Senator Wicker's op-ed in Hattiesburg American

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Comments (12)

Senator Wicker's op-ed in the Hattiesburg American paper appears below.  

Prevent Disastrous Fiscal Cliff
The absence of leadership from President Obama and Senate Democrats has left many of the country’s most pressing problems unresolved. Two major issues — preventing huge tax hikes and replacing debilitating defense cuts — need action before the end of the year.


Rather than consensus, political posturing by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pushed tough decisions to the final hour — irresponsibly allowing the fate of our country’s financial future and millions of American jobs to hang in the balance. Despite a grim economic forecast, recent reports indicate the president is willing to use his veto power to force tax hikes.

Crippling tax hikes
Worries are rising among families and small businesses about whether they will face a hefty tax increase next year. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, nearly 90 percent of Americans will be affected by higher rates, and the average rise per household would be about $3,500. Tax hikes have an adverse impact on economic growth. Job creators who want to hire and invest are discouraged by persistent uncertainty in Washington.

Putting our country on sound fiscal footing is a priority that should be taken seriously and with timely and careful deliberation. The fact that Senate Democrats have neither passed a budget in more than three years nor a single appropriations bill this year reveals the majority party’s failure to address the government’s spending problem. Moreover, when presidential leadership was needed, the White House rejected proposals offering meaningful budget savings and ways to address the biggest drivers of federal spending.

Rising to the challenge
It is important to remember that the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are part of a drastic fallback plan that was never supposed to happen. Sequestration would be particularly devastating to our national defense. We must ensure our military is the best-equipped and most professional fighting force in the world. Unless the defense cuts are changed, our military readiness to deter threats and defend our priorities would be compromised. America would be left with the smallest Navy since World War I.

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Madison County Journal Endorses Sen. Wicker

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | Comments (9)
Sen. Roger F. Wicker has fought for Mississippi in a reasoned, thoughtful and respectful manner, earning himself another term.

Three other candidates are seeking that office, among them, Democrat Albert N. Gore, Jr., Thomas Cramer from the Constitution Party and Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara.

Wicker was appointed to the seat by Gov. Haley R. Barbour when Sen. Trent Lott resigned in 2007.

Wicker won a special election over former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2008 to finish out the remainder of that term.

Now we believe Wicker should be re-elected to a full term in the Senate where he has served Mississippi with honor and effectiveness.

Wicker authored the COASTAL Act (Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses) to help reform the National Flood Insurance Program to help Mississippians and citizens of other states in the event of another devastating storm like Hurricane Katrina.

He was also instrumental in the RESTORE Act (Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities to Revived Economies) which invests the Clean Water Act fines as a result of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill into the Gulf Coast areas impacted by that disaster.

Wicker worked to cut spending through his support of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act which included a balanced budget amendment and a cap on federal spending as a portion of the economy.

He has been an advocate for energy independence, religious liberty, the life of the unborn and even Mississippi hunters.

He has worked for Mississippi military interests while serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee to the benefit of Mississippi shipbuilding for the Navy, and the Air Force missions at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and Key Field in Meridian.

Wicker has been an vocal opponent of President Barack Obama's healthcare tax and has stood against the Obama Administration's over-reach in areas like the questionable recess appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

With $16 trillion in debt, the nation faces some enormous challenges, no matter who occupies the White House.

We'll need leaders like Sen. Wicker to step up and aggressively reel in the spending, - especially on entitlements - substantially reduce the deficit and reform the tax code in order to restore and grow the American economy.

So committed ought Sen. Wicker be to restoring fiscal responsibility, he should be willing to make spending decisions as if this were his final term. That kind of fortitude will be required of leaders in Congress in order to turn back and resist plunging off the cliff like Greece and other European welfare states.

Sen. Wicker is an honorable man whose faith and family have high priority. We don't believe he'll have any trouble, especially in Madison County, but his service is worth noting as we urge his re-election to the United States Senate on Nov. 6. ..


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