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Wicker supports investigating Russians, says election outcome not affected

Sen. Roger Wicker speaks with Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, in Purvis Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM. Sen. Roger Wicker speaks with Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, in Purvis Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.
PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

Top Republicans in Congress are backing a probe into allegations that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election to help Donald Trump.

The president-elect has called those allegations "ridiculous" and said Democrats are looking for excuses for losing the election.

Sen. Roger Wicker said Tuesday he supports an investigation, but believes the Russians had no impact on the outcome.

"I think the American people made their own decision, they knew who they wanted as president and on balance, people wanted a change in direction," he said.

Wicker was in Purvis to tour the Lowe's Flatbed Distribution Center.

He also spoke about the 21st Century Cures Act.  

That is a $6.3 billion sweeping healthcare bill signed into law by President Obama Tuesday. 

It includes a bill authored by Wicker.

It is called the "Ensuring Useful Research Expenditures is Key for Alzheimer's (EUREKA) Act."  

That will create prize-based competitions to foster public-private collaboration in finding a cure for that disease.

"I was glad to see the National Institutes of Health and all of the Alzheimer's Association groups, as well as well as the X Prize Foundation come together and give us a look and agree with us that this is a concept that we ought to try," said Wicker. 

The act also includes spending for cancer research, mapping of the human brain and collecting genetic data from volunteers that will be used to develop new treatments. 

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