Lott's Senate Replacement Sworn In - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Washington, DC 01/22/08

Lott's Senate Replacement Sworn In

The newest member of the U.S. Senate, Roger Wicker says he supports a stimulus plan to settle the financial market. The former Mississippi Congressman was sworn in as Senator Tuesday morning by Vice President Dick Cheney. And it was quickly down to business amid near panic over a possible recession.

Senator Wicker says it's time to quit avoiding tough decisions and confront some major issues like oil prices, which Wicker calls a significant contribution to the economic chaos.

"When we don't create another refinery in the entire United States in three decades, then we're not taking the steps necessary to keep up with demand with increased supply," said Wicker.

 Wicker says there are plenty of sections of the country interested in energy production, but he says they are stopped by Congress, time and time again. Wicker was appointed to the Senate by the Governor following the retirement of long time senator Trent Lott. The Governor and Attorney General are in a court battle over the date of a special election to fill Lott's seat permanently.

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