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U.S. Senate passes flood insurance bill

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has passed a flood insurance bill Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) helped write by a vote of 67-32. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Accountability Act (S.1926) would amend the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to give the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) time to certify its flood mapping methods and […] [...]

State’s congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one […] [...]

Senators write letter to OSHA over concerns for small farmers

WASHINGTON — Despite assurances that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will back off efforts to regulate small farm grain storage, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are stressing that the agency must first comply with a long-standing directive that protects small, family-owned farms from OSHA regulations. In December, the Mississippi senators […] [...]

Wicker wants Obama to strengthen anti-seafood fraud efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have asked President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts to fight seafood fraud that they say threatens the livelihoods of American fishermen and harms consumers. According to the senators, seafood fraud is a serious problem in the United […] [...]

Senators have concerns over airline merger’s impact

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have sent a letter to the Transportation Secretary and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over concerns about the possible impact in Mississippi by the proposed US Airways-American Airlines merger. Cochran and Wicker wrote: “It is our understanding that the Departments of Transportation and Justice […] [...]

Bipartisan bill would reinstate parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters said the […] [...]

Cochran issues statement on unemployment benefits standoff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has issued a statement regarding the latest series of votes regarding Senate legislation to extend jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed. “The economy posted its weakest job growth in three years and all Senators should have an opportunity to fully debate and vote on ideas that could […] [...]

Provision could nix some higher flood insurance premiums

WASHINGTON — Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill. But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on businesses, vacation homes and frequently flooded properties will remain in place, […] [...]

Lawmakers back plan to shift personnel to Seabee base

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), are supporting a U.S. Navy plan to station additional personnel at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport this year. The Navy has informed the Mississippi lawmakers of its intent to relocate the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 (NMCB) to Gulfport, […] [...]

Speakes, former Reagan press secretary, dies at Delta home

CLEVELAND — Larry Speakes, a native of Merigold and press secretary for President Ronald Reagan (1981-1987), died Jan. 10 at his home in Cleveland. Speakes began his long career in the newspaper business after graduating from the University of Mississippi. He served as editor of the Oxford Eagle in 1961 and as managing editor of the […] [...]

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