U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Rep. Kristi Noem: March 21: Newsroom: Press Releases: “I’m truly humbled to receive this award and I continue to be proud of the wheat industry we have in South Dakota,” said Rep. Noem. “As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I will continue to strongly advocate for policies that offer needed certainty to our agriculture producers, including a full five-year farm bill.”
Rep. Kristi Noem: March 22: Newsroom: Press Releases: Rep. Kristi Noem
There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think of the brave men and women who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to defend the values that our country holds so dear. We have both a duty and an obligation to ensure that our armed forces are fully equipped both while they are actively serving and after they return home to their families and communities.
Over 72,000 veterans call South Dakota home and it is because of these patriots that South Dakotans can continue to wake up in the greatest nation in the world. That’s why it is so important to treat our veterans with the honor and respect they deserve. I have and continue to support legislation that assists veterans in transitioning back to civilian life by providing them with quality health care, education assistance and job development skills.
I was proud to recently co-sponsor H.R. 569, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act. This bill will give qualified disabled veterans and their dependents an annual COLA starting at the end of this year. I heard from many constituents across the state about the importance of this legislation and I am glad to lend my support to this bill for our combat veterans.
As you may know, folks who serve for twenty years in the National Guard are not recognized as veterans. So as a way to honor those who have dedicated many years in service to our National Guard, I have cosponsored a bipartisan bill which would give these men and women the honorary status of veteran. During the 112th Congress, my colleagues in the House and I passed similar legislation and I am proud to continue to support this effort.
We must keep our nation’s heroes a top priority, and I intend to continue doing just that in Congress. My office recently assisted a veteran named Edgar who was having difficulty receiving a military medal. We were able to contact multiple departments on his behalf and were able to get Edgar the medal he deserved. If you know of a veteran who requires assistance with medals or with benefit claims, please contact one of my offices so we can help. Those needing assistance should visit my website at http://noem.house.gov for more information or call one of my offices. Contact information is listed below:
Sioux Falls: 605-275-2868 / Watertown: 605-878-2868 / Aberdeen:
605-262-2862 / Rapid City: 605-791-4673 / Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2801
/ Toll-Free: 1-855-225-2801
Rep. Kristi Noem: March 21: Newsroom: Press Releases: “The Black Hills are one of our nation’s greatest treasures, which is why I have been fighting since I came to Congress to save them from the pine beetle,” said Rep. Noem. “Progress to combat the pine beetle has been delayed due to excessive regulations and bureaucratic red tape. This legislation will put more resources toward pine beetle mitigation and is a solid step in the right direction. I look forward to continuing the work with our Forest Service officials and local communities to beat the beetle.”
Rep. Kristi Noem: March 28: Newsroom: Press Releases: U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) and the South Dakota Arts Council are pleased to announce the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, has now started. South Dakota high school students may submit original artwork to Congresswoman Noem’s office for the chance to have their work displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year. The winning artist will be invited to a reception highlighting their work in the United States Capitol and will meet other winners from across the country.
Each piece of art can be no larger than 28” x 28” x 4,” including the frame. Artwork cannot weigh more than 15 lbs. Accepted media for artwork are as follows:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
• Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, marker
• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed Media
• Computer-Generated Art
Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Work entered must be in the original medium. No scanned reproductions of paintings or drawings will be allowed.
Entries must be emailed on or before May 1st to Rebecca.Cruse@state.sd.us.
For more information or questions, please contact Katie Pudwill at (202) 225-2801 orKatie.Pudwill@mail.house.gov.
Rep. Kristi Noem: March 28: Newsroom: Press Releases: Rep. Kristi Noem
With Opening Day of baseball season in our sights, spring has finally arrived. Families across South Dakota are preparing for outdoor track meets and open-water fishing, but before we can get outside and enjoy the long-awaited warmer temperatures, there’s another annual “holiday” we need to get past first – tax day.
We’re only a couple weeks away from the April 15th deadline to file taxes for 2012. According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, individuals and businesses spend about 6.1 billion hours each year doing their taxes and complying with complicated tax laws.
Now, some in Washington, D.C. are proposing that we raise taxes even more on hard-working Americans to help manage our deficit. In fact, the budget that was finally passed by the Senate proposes almost $1 trillion in additional taxes. I believe that we don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little; we have deficits because Washington spends too much.
In contrast, the budget that was passed by the House of Representatives will balance the federal budget in 10 years and reduces the deficit by $4.6 trillion. This budget is a crucial step to putting our nation back on a sustainable fiscal path. Our budget brings spending down to a reasonable level so that we do not have to raise taxes on American families and job creators. Not only does the House budget lower tax rates for individuals, businesses and families through pro-growth tax reform and closing loopholes, it also gives the green light to the Keystone XL pipeline project and fully repeals Obamacare.
The Senate budget will never balance and that’s unacceptable to me. South Dakota families and businesses balance their budgets every year and we know that it’s unsustainable to spend more than we take in. It’s time for the federal government to do the same. While the House has passed a budget every year since I took office, this was the first time in four years that the Senate considered and passed a budget. I applaud the Senate for doing its job, but raising taxes and continued deficit spending are non-starters for me.
While President Obama was able to complete his NCAA bracket in time, he once again failed to meet his own budget deadline. A budget serves as a blueprint for our nation’s priorities and I’m disappointed that the President fails to take this seriously.
I am optimistic that House and Senate leaders will work out the differences between the two budgets so that we can pass a budget that’s acceptable to both chambers. During these negotiations, I’d like to hear from you and to get your thoughts about the federal budget process. Email me through my website (http://noem.house.gov), send me a tweet (@RepKristiNoem) with your opinions and ideas or reach out to one of my offices. Contact information is listed below:
Sioux Falls: 605-275-2868 / Watertown: 605-878-2868 / Aberdeen: 605-262-2862 / Rapid City: 605-791-4673 / Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2801 / Toll-Free: 1-855-225-2801
Sioux Falls Argus Leader: March 21: Rep. Kristi Noem today joined most of her Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a budget that seeks to balance the country’s budget in 10 years.
But the budget plan is also controversial because it includes changes to Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs considered sacrosanct among voters.
The House also rejected a plan from Senate Democrats that would raise more than $1 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years to help bring down the deficit. But Noem criticized that plan, saying it doesn’t address spending.
“The Senate budget never balances,” she said.
“I continue to believe our nation has a spending problem and not a taxing problem.”
It was the third time that Noem has supported similar budget plans.
While Noem called the House budget a “crucial step” toward putting the country on a “sustainable path,” Democrats denounced the Republican plan, saying it would force seniors to pay more for their health care and cost jobs.
“For three straight years, Congresswoman Noem has endorsed a radical Republican budget that research shows would eliminate two million American jobs and end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits for South Dakota seniors,” Democratic Chairman Ben Nesselhuf said in a statement. “It’s long past time for Congresswoman Noem to put South Dakotans before radical Washington Republicans.”
Sioux City Journal: March 25: new Public Policy Polling release shows that two South Dakota Republicans have higher favorability ratings than three-term U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, a Democrat from Vermillion.
The Senate seat will go before voters in 2014. Johnson, 66, will make a public statement on his political future by the end of March. Former Gov. Mike Rounds is in as a candidate and and some people want U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem to run as well.
A Thursday Public Policy Polling poll placed Rounds’ favorability rating at 67 percent among South Dakota Republicans, while 17 percent viewed him unfavorably. A bit better in the PPP result was Noem, whose ratings were 71 percent and 18 percent.
The poll offers encouraging statistics for Noem to consider.
In hypothetical matchups with Johnson, Rounds leads him 52 percent to 41 percent, while Noem is running ahead 49 percent to 45 percent.
PPP found 44 percent of South Dakotans approve of Johnson’s job performance, while 45 percent disapprove.
PPP also shares this: “(Former Congresswoman Stephanie) Herseth Sandlin is the strong favorite of Democrats to be their candidate if Johnson decides not to run again. Sixty-eight percent say she would be their choice compared to 16 percent who prefer U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson,” who is Tim Johnson’s son.
The poll also shows Rounds leads Herseth Sandlin by 49 percent to 44 percent in that hypothetical contest, while Herseth Sandlin would lead Noem 48/47. Noem defeated Herseth Sandlin in 2010, ending a period dating to 2004 where the Democrat had been the congresswoman.
Some of the state’s Republican hierarchy is lining up behind Rounds. On March 14, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who had been the lieutenant governor under Rounds, said he supports his predecessor as the Republican candidate for Senate.
South Dakota Labor and Regulation Department Secretary Pam Roberts told the Sioux City Journal that Rounds is the favorite to win the Senate seat. She doubts he will get a Republican opponent, which would force a primary race.
“As a Republican, I just don’t see why anybody else would run, because we have a great candidate that we can all get behind,” Roberts said.
Rounds told the Journal he wouldn’t be surprised to see another Republican get in the race. He said he’s won primaries in the past and would work hard to do that again. Rounds predicted it will take a minimum of $8 million to successfully run a senatorial campaign in South Dakota for 2014.
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Mitchell Republic: March 21: Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., has joined a bipartisan group of House members in co-sponsoring a bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and take the decision out of President Barack Obama’s hands.
“This bipartisan bill would take the president out of the equation. He’s failed to make a timely decision,” Noem said. “With jobs on the line, it’s time to move forward. This would immediately approve construction of the northern route of the pipeline.”
The Northern Route Approval Act, originally introduced by Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., removes the need for a presidential permit for the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is planned to run from the Canadian border to Steele City, Neb. The route goes through western South Dakota.
“It’s been four-and-a-half years since this project was first proposed and Americans and stakeholders have waited long enough,” Noem said. “Keystone XL will result in thousands of jobs for hardworking Americans, as well as millions of dollars injected into the economy. The president has shown that he is unwilling to act in a timely matter, so it’s time to find another way.”
POLITICO: March 20: Former Republican South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, for now the front-runner to succeed Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) after his expected retirement, expects to face a primary challenge and a competitive general election.
And while he hopes not to run his first negative ad, he’s also not ruling out the possibility.
Rounds, 58, formally announced his candidacy for Senate last November. Johnson has said he will announce his plans this month, but no one expects him to seek reelection.
“Would it be great if we didn’t have [a primary challenge]? Of course,” the governor told POLITICO in an extended interview Tuesday night during a fundraising trip to Washington. “But we can’t assume that. So we’re assuming we’ll have a primary challenge from some place.”
Because open Senate seats rarely come along, the state’s sole House member, Republican Kristi Noem, is considering the race. She would be Rounds’s most formidable rival, but many party insiders don’t expect her to ultimately get in. Conservative activists might then turn to a less well-known candidate in the state Legislature.
Rounds asked Noem for her support when he first announced: “She said, ‘It’s kind of early yet.’ And I said, ‘I understand.’ We left it at that.”
Rounds served as governor from 2003 to 2011. He entered the 2002 race as an underdog and won a three-way primary despite being dramatically outspent. Before that, he spent a decade in the state Legislature.
It’s been a soft launch. The mild-mannered Midwesterner is still working full-time as president and CEO of an insurance and real estate agency.
He has only two part-time staffers. He’s been flying himself around the state to speak at Lincoln Day dinners. He raised $269,000 from South Dakota donors in December and aims to spend three days per quarter in Washington.
He said he expects to transition to a full-time campaign “probably by the end of the year, if not a little bit sooner.”
Rounds takes pride in never having run a negative ad during his two previous statewide campaigns, but he knows the stakes will be higher with control of the Senate potentially hanging in the balance. The GOP needs to net six seats, and South Dakota is part of any realistic path for the party.
“I have no reason to start running negative ads now. And I have no intention of running negative ads,” he said. “But I will correct misinformation and I will make it clear, if there is misinformation, that I’m not going to stand for it. And we’ll point out the difference, just like we have in the past.”
The advertising agency, Lawrence & Schiller in Sioux Falls, will produce his media, as it did in both his governor’s races.
It’s a small state of 800,000, and Rounds had kind words for each of his potential opponents.
Democrats have two top-tier candidates for the race: U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, the senator’s son, and former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who lost to Noem in 2010. National Democrats prefer Herseth Sandlin.
“I consider them both to be very nice people. I’ve worked with Stephanie in the past, and we’ve worked well on projects together,” he said. “Just because somebody else wants the same job I want doesn’t make them a bad person. But we have different philosophies and different ways of getting the job done.”
Rounds, a Catholic, gives up coffee for Lent every year, so he sipped black tea during the interview. He plans to wake up early on Easter morning for a cup of Joe.
Round hopes to raise about $2 million from South Dakota, comparable to what he raised during his runs for governor, but he will do more national fundraising this time.
He mostly emphasizes economic issues such as the debt but did not shy from discussing social issues when pressed.
As governor, Rounds signed a law that gave voters the choice of whether to outlaw abortion in all cases except rape, incest and life of the mother. The referendum failed in November 2006.
“Roe v. Wade is the law of the land,” he said this week. “We live within the decision, but we also test to find out how far the decision can go.”
“I believe we should be doing everything we can to protect the unborn, but this is the part that’s missed sometimes: you also have to [have] compassion for those individuals who are facing a very difficult challenge in their lives,” he added.
Asked about Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) endorsing gay marriage after his son came out, Rounds said: “I don’t know that I was surprised. I understand his position, and I most certainly suspect that the senator — because he is a very bright man and a very sensitive man — he most certainly cares deeply for his son. I respect what he says.”
Then he added, “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Rounds, who co-chaired a bipartisan immigration task force convened by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, said he has a “pragmatic” approach to the issue.
“I do not support amnesty just as amnesty, but we have to find a way to address the 11 million people in this country that right now are not paying taxes,” he said. “There’s no question: We have to find a way to get the individuals who are here illegally today to begin paying taxes in this country or if they’re not going to pay taxes then they can’t be here.”