U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker’s pragmatic and constructive persistenc

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U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker’s pragmatic and constructive persistence in seeking a long-term balanced-budget agreement plays a double role as good politics and good public policy.

Prevailing opinions on Capitol Hill and in the White House seem to lean heavily toward the opposite view, which is not in the national interest.

Wicker is like an apparently substantial and growing number of colleagues among his fellow Republicans and across the aisle among Democrats. He advocates pushing ahead to an agreement that fairly balances the budget, makes politics inclusive more than exclusive, and preserves the integrity of helpful and effective programs.

Wicker, who is in company with Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott on the larger issue, positions himself and the 1st District to remain a player and shaper in any eventual budget deal. The national interests and the district’s interests don’t necessarily conflict. It’s far better to be in the thick of things than merely standing and watching others shape the event and the outcome.

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