HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - In Washington DC on Wednesday, the 2011 session of Congress began with an increased number of Republicans in the House.
In the Senate, Mississippi's Roger Wicker said he is prepared to cut government spending.
Senator Wicker was among the elected officials present for Tuesday's announcement of Stion locating a solar panel manufacturing facility in Hattiesburg.
He was also present for the latest session of Congress Wednesday in the nation's capitol, where several new members of the Senate were sworn in.
Wicker said one of his priorities will be working to see that the federal government returns spending to the same levels of 2008.
Wicker said, "And think of the signal that would send to the international financial experts, that are looking at the United States and they are trying to decide whether we are going to get our financial house in order."
He said reigning in spending is critical to saving programs people depend on like social security and medicare.