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Senator Roger Wicker Talks about Mississippi Politics

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News Channel 12's Erin Pickens talks with Senator Roger Wicker. News Channel 12's Erin Pickens talks with Senator Roger Wicker.
Senator Roger Wicker is spending the Congressional August break in his home state.

He stopped by News Channel 12 and talked about a number of topics. 

From his thoughts on plans to eliminate the Mississippi National Guard's 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team Headquartered in Tupelo.

"I am very opposed to the Pentagon's reorganization plan," Wicker said

To his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"It's been an absolute scandal," he said.

Senator Roger wicker is talking about some of the biggest political stories happening right now,  including the one that's rocking his party, The Cochran- McDaniel Primary Controversy.

"We have some healing to do as Republicans and I think that will take place," he said. "I think we'll join together and frankly I think Sen. Cochran over time has been a unifying force in the state of Mississippi.  So, I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I see this issue being resolved".

Here's what Sen. Wicker had to say about a proposal to dissolve that North Mississippi National Guard Unit.

"Let's commission an independent study, look at it from the Pentagon's standpoint, look at it from our arguments and report back to us about the facts," he said. "Is there a savings?  Are we safer by making this dramatic change.  I think the answer would be, no."

Lastly he discussed Veterans Affairs and the reform bill that was passed before their August break.  It provides options for vets to go outside the system, especially those who live far away from a VA facility.

"That really helps us in Mississippi because we're a rural state and a lot of our veterans, a lot of Mississippians, don't live within 40 miles of a veterans facility".

The August break ends after Labor Day and Congress will be back on Capitol Hill the second week of September.

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