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The coronavirus pandemic began as a threat to public health, but its ripple effects have touched every area of life and created vast new needs. Food pantries need more hands on deck to stock shelves and distribute goods. Students need tutoring to make up for lost time in the classroom. And m…

This past week, senators returned to Capitol Hill to resume work on major legislative priorities. For the 60th consecutive year, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act to set new spending levels for our military. This legislation would approve new military training and tech…

When the coronavirus came to America, restaurants were the first and hardest-hit businesses affected by health restrictions. Government mandates forced restaurants to shut their doors to customers for months. This resulted in millions of wait staff and cooks losing their jobs through no faul…

Each summer, dozens of American families suffer the heartbreaking loss of a child from heatstroke in hot cars. Last year, more than 50 U.S. children died in hot cars, and unfortunately this year we have already had several hot car deaths. These avoidable tragedies leave permanent scars in th…

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Mississippians are currently going through some self-reflection about our state's past and its part in the system of slavery and racial injustice that have plagued this country since its beginnings. Most recently, that self-reflection has led to the rejection by most of the 1894 flag because…

This summer, the Senate will move to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for the 60th year in a row. This annual legislation authorizes military spending to meet the needs expressed by our top military leaders. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I worked to craft core eleme…

Mississippians can take pride in an important moment in the Senate this past week. Judge Cory Wilson of Madison was confirmed to serve a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which includes Mississippi. The Senate’s vote made him the 200th judge to be confi…

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While there has been almost a month delay, graduation season finally got underway last week for seniors in the Union County school district. Two schools - Myrtle and Ingomar - held their ceremonies on Monday and Thursday respectively and East Union and West Union will hold ceremonies this week.

The last few months have been a trying time for our nation, but the recent launch of a new spacecraft sent a powerful ray of hope. For the first time in nearly a decade, an American-made rocket blasted off into space from U.S. soil carrying astronauts on board, marking a new chapter in human…

The senseless killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has provoked grief and legitimate anger across our nation. It has also served as a reminder that, despite the tremendous gains we have made, there is still more work to be done to secure justice and equal treatment for eve…

During this time of great pain and unrest for our country, a group of dedicated young Mississippi troops is bringing peace and stability to our nation’s capital. They are volunteers from our very own Mississippi National Guard who, at the request of the Pentagon, left their families and home…

When the coronavirus outbreak first reached America, experts warned that a flood of new cases could push hospitals to the breaking point. Yet several months later, it is now clear that our early actions and months of sacrifice have prevented such an outcome. We have made real progress in fla…

When the first cases of COVID-19 emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, local doctors tried to sound the alarm. Unfortunately, they were silenced by Chinese government officials who were more interested in saving face than taking responsibility for the outbreak. One of the docto…

After several weeks spent working from home, the Senate has returned to Washington to continue our legislative and committee responsibilities. Managing our nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic remains a top priority, but there is other work yet to do. This week we resumed our consid…

Americans should be proud of the progress our country has made against the coronavirus. The strict measures we have taken have slowed the spread of the pandemic and kept our health-care system from being overwhelmed. However, these gains have come at a severe cost to our economy, our livelih…

Many thanks to all the employees of Stokes Supermarket for your kind and generous serving to the citizens of Union County and surrounding counties. With the uncertain times and all trying to obey the social distancing that has been put in place by our Governor this grocery store has gone ove…

We want to say thank you once again to everyone who has donated to the United Way and CREATE Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund. Here is an update on what we have been able to accomplish together.

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I have written here before about my brother and his fiancé possibly holding an unconventional wedding ceremony via online streaming. Well, the current COVID-19 pandemic has now officially made that a reality.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who lost loved ones in the Easter tornadoes that ripped across Mississippi and other parts of the South. It was very sad to hear that the storms caused such destruction and loss of life. The storms came as the nation continues to have proble…

In the midst of an unprecedented global health and economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Mississippians from all walks of life have stepped up to meet the needs of our neighbors and communities. Each act, large and small, reminds us that we are all in this together.