TUPELO, Miss. – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today discussed the ongoing challenges to Jackson’s water supply on “CNN Newsroom” with Jim Sciutto.
Wicker emphasized the need to resolve the immediate crisis and called on federal agencies like the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers to work with the city and state to approve projects that will help the city of Jackson in the long term.
“This is an emergency. And the American people are seeing this, they’re being very responsive, and we’re going to need additional federal help to salvage the lives, homes, and futures of our major city,” Wicker said. “I have six grandchildren that live inside the city limits in Jackson. This is personal to me, and it’s my capital city.”
As a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Wicker also highlighted the millions of dollars in new investments in Mississippi water and wastewater infrastructure that will come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which he supported.
“We have money in the pipeline. The bipartisan infrastructure bill provided Mississippi $429 million for water and sewer treatment…there’s help on the way.”
Wicker saw the challenges Jackson faces firsthand last week when he visited with residents and community leaders affected by flooding in the region. Read his column on that visit here.