Mississippi's lawmakers in Washington have very different opinions about how to fix the country's debt.

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Miss. Congressional Delegation Split on How to Cure Deficit

By Daniel Cherry | Published 28 Nov 2011 09:15pm | comments

Mississippi's congressmen on Capitol Hill have different ideas about to cure the country's debt. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports since a bipartisan special "Super Committee" in Washington failed to produce a debt reduction deal, many Americans are left wondering if lawmakers will be able to put their differences aside.

Washington can't agree on how to fix a growing deficit. Mississippi U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican, says any plan to raise taxes on the rich during a recession is short sighted.

"To raise taxes on job-creators during that time, to me, that is, I think, a mistake. I'm not trying to protect any one socio-economic group. I'm trying to create jobs."

Most Democrats favor allowing the Bush Era tax breaks for the wealthy to expire. Mississippi Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson says he sees ending the tax cuts as one more way to generate revenue.

"A lot of us think that if we go back to where those cuts had been established before he instituted them, that revenue can go a long way towards fixing this budget mess that we're in."

If Congress is unable to compromise on a debt reduction deal, planned cuts of 1.2 trillion dollars are on the way largely coming from the Department of Defense. Senator Wicker says he thinks the cuts should come from other programs.

"I think over the next few months we're going to be looking at this. We are duty bound to save the 1.2 trillion dollars. It would be better to me if we saved it other than out of the hide of the Department of Defense."

As for Congressman Thompson, he says he supports funding the military, but it's time to look into scaling back operations.

"I also want us to look at some of these extended campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's time to bring our men and women home."

Both Mississippi legislators say they would like to see Congress work together on the issues at hand.

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