Cochran, Wicker follow party lines in government funding vote

Both of Mississippi’s U.S. senators voted Friday against legislation to fund the federal government through mid-November.

The measure did not include provisions that Republicans wanted, to block funding from the 2010 federal health overhaul law.

Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans, issued statements Friday saying they want to repeal the health law that they consider expensive and intrusive.

“As the negative impacts of this law become more apparent, people in my state of Mississippi have expressed a great deal of concern about how the law is affecting their families and businesses,” Cochran said. “They have articulated a pronounced unease about the costs of the law, and the extent to which the federal government will be involved in their personal health care decisions. I share their concerns.”

Clarion Ledger