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House passes farm-only version of new Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a farm-only version of the Farm Bill yesterday by a vote of 216-208. Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight said that although this turn of events on the path to a new Farm Bill was unusual, he is glad to see progress finally made on the bill. “Our farmers needed a Farm ...

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Senators push Brown's nomination for federal judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is recommending Debra Brown of Jackson, who has been nominated to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi. Cochran made his recommendation while introducing Brown at her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Debra Brown is very well qualified by ability, education and experience to serve ...

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Congressmen live large on farm supports while fighting federal food safety net

In supporting billions of dollars in cuts to federal food assistance, a U.S. House Republican from Tennessee and a fellow GOP member from California insist the government has no business feeding the hungry but themselves receive tens of thousands of dollars annually in farm subsidies. House Agriculture Committee members Reps. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) both cite the ...

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CARTER: Wicker may someday regret his distortion of Hagel’s speech

Roger Wicker, Mississippi’s junior senator, helped lead Washington Post opinion writer Dana Milbank to this conclusion on the nasty politics that marked Chuck Hagel’s road to confirmation as secretary of defense Tuesday: The confirmation,  “ended as it began — with a smear.” Sen. Thad Cochran, Wicker’s senior Mississippi counterpart, restored some balance by joining three other Republicans in voting for ...

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Cochran says Hagel should ‘not be denied’ Senate vote as defense chief

Several media reports have listed Mississippi’s Thad Cochran as among at least two Senate Republicans who will support allowing a full Senate vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Late Thursday afternoon, Senate Democrats were forcing a vote to end debate on the nomination of Hagel, bringing to a head a showdown over the confirmation of the former Republican ...

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Cochran as Ag Committee Ranking Member boosts hopes of Mississippi farmers

Southern agriculture producers who argue new farm legislation needs more regional balance have notched a victory with selection of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi as Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for the 113th Congress: Cochran, a member of the committee for more than three decades and chairman of the panel from 2003 ...

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Wicker remains on Senate Commerce Committee, adds budget panel to assignments

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker received assignments today to five Senate committees for the 113th Congress. Mississippi’s junior senator remains on the Armed Services Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. In addition, he will serve on the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). “These committees will provide opportunities to continue ...

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Farmers watching for Cochran move to Ranking Member of Senate Ag Committee

Mississippi farmers are waiting to learn whether the Magnolia State’s senior senator will move to the Senate Agriculture Committee and have a key hand in shaping a new farm bill extension as the ag panel’s Ranking Republican member. AgFax.com reported shortly before Christmas on speculation that Sen. Thad Cochran was mulling a move to become the Agriculture Committee. Cochran has ...

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CARTER: Wicker, Cochran turn backs on veterans in time of dire need

  Forgive Mississippi’s veterans if they don’t return the insincere salutes rendered this Veterans Day by senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran. Veterans returning from a decade of conflict face unemployment in numbers at least 10 percent higher than the rest of us. They need help. The $1 billion Veterans Jobs Corps Act was designed to provide it. Over its ...

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Panel sides with EPA over Yazoo Pump; board mulls another appeal

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court panel sided yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency over its 2008 veto of a $220 million flood control project near the Yazoo River in the south Mississippi Delta. >> RELATED: EPA admits it has no experts on Yazoo Pump Project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the EPA in 2009 after the ...

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