Wicker Says Democrats' Bill Ineffective

U.S. Senate moderates from both parties are trying to cut as much as $100 billion from the economic stimulus package. Leaders say they hope it can be passed by Friday.

But Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker said it's too big of a bill and would be ineffective. Plus, Wicker said it's unfair that Mississippi wouldn't benefit to the extent other states would.

"When compared to the magnitude of the bill, 1-tenth of 1 percent of this spending would make it back to my state in projects," said Wicker. "Now 1-tenth of 1 percent return is not a good investment for Mississippi taxpayers and it's not a good investment for American taxpayers."

The Republican senator said the current proposal has a per-job cost of between $100,000 and $300,000. With the average Mississippian making $31,000 a year, Wicker said that's hard to justify.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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