Wicker's 'Back Roads' Tour in East Mississippi

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker spent Friday in east Mississippi, with visits to Meridian, Newton, and Enterprise. It's part of his "Back Roads" Tour.

Wicker held a 'meet and greet' with the public at Western Sizzlin' in Meridian.
He said the purpose of his annual statewide tour is to listen and learn.

"It's just an opportunity to see people in some of the out of the way places," said Wicker.

Prior to Friday, he met with constituents in the Mississippi Delta and the Pine Belt region. Wicker said the top concern among constituents is the economy.

'I think basically with Mississippians, I'm on the same wave length with them," said Wicker. "I think that this budget that is about to be passed in the House and Senate spends too much. It taxes too much, and just as importantly, it borrows too much. We're borrowing against the future of our children and grandchildren."

Wicker said he fears that the final budget, which is expected to be between $3.5 and $3.6 trillion, will triple the national debt in ten years.

Wicker said he also has strong concerns about the multi-billion dollar stimulus package that was previously approved.

"This was supposed to be a jump start to the economy," Wicker said. "It was supposed to be for projects that we could spend the money on very quickly, that were already on the pipe line. And here it is the middle of April and the money still hasn't reached down to the people. So, it seems to me that it hasn't been fast. It hasn't been temporary and it hasn't been very stimulative so far."

Wicker said although he feels that the economy will bounce back soon, his concern is that funding for the stimulus plan now could cause another slowdown of the economy five to ten years later.

Wicker and other members of Congress are now preparing to head back to Washington where they will get back to business Monday.


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