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South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says the revised Senate healthcare overhaul bill is a step in the right direction.
 
The revision was released Thursday morning.
 
Rounds says the bill should lower the cost of healthcare while continuing to provide access for those who need it.
 

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South Dakota’s United States Senators say their health care plan is better than the Affordable Care Act. Thursday Senate Republicans released a draft of the highly-anticipated health care overhaul bill.

US Senator Mike Rounds says the Better Care Reconciliation Act is more moderate than the US House health care overhaul bill. He says it's a draft until the congressional budget office scores the bill.

Rounds for Senate

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

Secretary Of State Krebs Running For U.S. House

Mar 14, 2017
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Secretary of State Shantel Krebs will run for South Dakota’s only congressional seat in 2018.

Krebs is currently serving her first term as Secretary of state. She took the seat in 2015.

Krebs says her time in that position makes her qualified for the job…

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Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, join guest host Cara Hetland to visit about South Dakota's Congressional elections. Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem were both re-elected by wide margins.

Kristi Noem Re-Elected to U.S. House

Nov 8, 2016
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Republican Kristi Noem won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives after South Dakota voters chose her over her Democratic challenger Paula Hawks. Noem first won election to Congress in 2010. She celebrated her victory at Republican Party headquarters in Sioux Falls. Hear her entire acceptance speech below.

Paula Hawks Thanks Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
Nate Wek

Paula Hawks took time to thank her supporters at the South Dakota Democratic Party gathering in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Hawks said she had fun running against incumbent Republican Kristi Noem who was elected to another two-year term to the U.S. House of Representatives. She encouraged members of the Democratic Party to come together and get involved.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting crews spoke with State Lawmaker Paula Hawks after her speech.  

Part Of Spearfish Canyon Closer To Becoming State Park

Jul 18, 2016
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South Dakota’s congressional delegation is backing legislation to create a state park in the center of Spearfish Canyon.  The proposed park includes federal and non-federal land near Roughlock Falls and the town of Savoy.

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A South Dakota candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is calling on her opponent to convince Republicans in the state house to vote on expanding Medicaid. Paula Hawks’ call comes just twenty four hours after South Dakota’s governor called off a special session.

 

U.S. House Candidate Paula Hawks says Medicaid expansion in South Dakota would help fund Indian Health Service operations.

Congress Debating Defense Spending

Jun 12, 2016

Congress is working on the National Defense Authorization Act. It passed the U.S. House and is currently before the Senate. Not everyone agrees on what the measure should look like.

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A United States Senator and a state lawmaker agree that the federal government is failing to provide adequate health care to Native Americans. United States Senator John Thune and South Dakota State Senator Troy Heinert see different solutions to ongoing problems with the Indian Health Service.

U-S  Senator Thune has legislation in Congress aimed at comprehensive reform for federal health services for Native Americans. He says the bill makes it easier to fire ineffective IHS leaders, examines whistle-blower protections, and requires fiscal accountability so patient care funds actually make it to patients.

Rounds: Spending & Deficit Increases In Congressional Budget

Dec 17, 2015
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Congress is increasing spending on defense and other items this year.   US Senator Mike Rounds says increased military spending is needed to  make up for past budget cuts.  Rounds says a deal made with Democrats to approve those military spending increases lead to spending increases in other discretionary areas of the budget.  
 

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A Friday deadline for a federal funding bill is likely moving to next week. Members of the US Senate approved a late-night Wednesday deadline to give negotiators extra time. House lawmakers will likely vote on the extension Friday.

One South Dakota lawmaker says the quick extension makes sense. United States Senator Mike Rounds says he supports the move to give leaders a few extra days to decide what an appropriations measure includes. He says negotiators are making progress but are not sharing information.

U.S. House Passes Transportation Bill

Nov 5, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a multi-year transportation bill. Representative Kristi Noem says the measure gives certainty to state officials.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the six year authorization bill allows state transportation officials to complete projects that take many years to plan and implement. She says the hard part is agreeing on funding.

Dakota Midday: "Immigration Battle"

Oct 20, 2015
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Tuesday night (10/20) at 8:00 p.m.

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One of South Dakota’s US Senators says Congress is more dysfunctional than he realized. Mike Rounds started his term in January; he spent part of his time back in South Dakota Tuesday talking to members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Rounds says lawmakers must take pointed steps to make federal systems more efficient. 

United States Senator Mike Rounds has been talking about a broken Washington since he started his campaign for Congress. Less than one year since he took the oath, Rounds says the system is worse than he suspected. He says lawmaking is slow by design.

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United States Senator John Thune spent part of his Tuesday talking with young professionals in Sioux Falls. The lawmaker first spoke to members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce before the smaller Q&A. People who work in energy, banking, business, and other industries are asking the lawmaker questions and explaining their concerns.

It may be a roundtable discussion, but young professionals in Sioux Falls line a long, rectangular tabletop to ask questions of United States Senator John Thune.

Anti-human trafficking legislation is stalled in the United States Senate, and that frustrates South Dakota’s representation in Washington, DC. Democrats in the US Senate blocked debate again Wednesday over one provision in the bill.

Legislation in the United States Senate establishes a fund to help victims of sex trafficking. Money from fines on convicted traffickers would support it. The bill includes language that stops the dollars from being used on abortions except for rape, incest, or to protect the life of a woman.

As the FCC moves forward with a controversial decision to regulate internet providers in the name of fairness, commissioners must answer to a South Dakotan. In fact all three people who represent the state in Washington D-C say they stand against the agency’s move to expand its power. Yet that doesn’t mean they have the same reason for resistance.

Three members of Congress advocate for the interests of South Dakotans in the nation’s capital, and all three condemn the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to expand its regulatory power to internet service.

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Republican Kristi Noem says if she’s re-elected to Congress, she’ll focus on policies that would help grow South Dakota’s economy. She wants to overhaul the tax code to help job creators and repeal what she calls “job killing regulations.” Noem was first elected to serve as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the House Agriculture Committee and House Armed Services Committee. Noem faces a challenge from Democrat Corinna Robinson.

A Conversation With Mark Tilsen

May 22, 2014
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Mark Tilsen is co-founder of Native American Natural Foods, that company that makes the Tanka Bar.  The company is headquartered in Kyle on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  The company's vision includes staying on Pine Ridge to help create jobs and improve economic development.  This spring, Tilsen was invited to speak before a Congressional committee in Washington, D.C.  He discussed the challenges of creating business in Indian Country.  SDPB news producer Charles Michael Ray visited with Tilsen after he returned from the nation's capital.

Democratic US Senate Candidate Rick Weiland says the Republican front runner is misleading South Dakotans about the affordable care act.  Weiland also wants a debate on the issue. He was in Sioux Falls Tuesday calling out Republican Senate Candidate Mike Rounds on his recent TV ad. Weiland wants to debate Rounds before the Republican primary.

A Congressional committee including US Representative Kristi Noem has amended major national defense legislation. The Armed Services Committee addressed its annual bill Wednesday. Noem says lawmakers established some new procedures and priorities.

Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

Apr 15, 2014
Human Events

U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds is one of five Republicans running to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  Rounds served as Governor from 2003-2011 after a decade in the South Dakota Senate.  In his current campaign Rounds says he wants to bring "South Dakota common sense" to Washington, D.C.  He says Congress is broken and needs to regain the discipline to get budgets and farm bills done on time so business owners have some predictability.  He also wants to scale back regulations to get the economy moving again.

History Of The State Of The Union

Jan 28, 2014
NPR

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night.  He's expected to discuss income inequality, immigration reform, health care and Afghanistan and Iran in his fifth State of the Union speech.  The Constitution requires a yearly State of the Union message, but doesn't mandate the president deliver it verbally.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt started the modern tradition by delivering his first report to Congress as a speech in 1934.  Emily Wanless, assistant professor of Government and International Affairs/Political Science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, discussed the

Noem Discusses Farm Bill And More

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem joined Dakota Midday to discuss the farm bill, budgetary issues and her legislative agenda for 2014.  Noem is also hosting a sex trafficking roundtable discussion in Sioux Falls today.  She said there a still a lot of people in South Dakota who aren't aware that sex trafficking is a problem in the state.

SD Roads Deteriorating

Nov 21, 2013

A recent report reveals a segment of South Dakota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and one quarter of the state’s bridges are outdated or showing significant deterioration.  The report indicates that many of the state’s bridges aren’t structurally sound and have serious problems with the bridge deck, supports and other major components.  It also shows that nearly one quarter of South Dakota’s major roads are deteriorating. The classification of poor means the roads have ruts, cracks and potholes bad enough they need to be resurfaced or even reconstructed.

Extensions To New Farm Bill

Oct 9, 2013

With the expiration of the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill last week, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union are together calling on Congress to get down to business and take the steps needed to pass a bi-partisan and deficit-reducing farm bill before the end of the year that keeps the nutrition title with the farm bill, maintains permanent law, provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers against uncontrollable market factors and weather disasters, and keeps a strong conservation title. The U.S.

Former SD Senator Opposes Force Against Syria

Sep 5, 2013

President Barrack Obama is seeking congressional approval of a resolution authorizing limited strikes in retaliation for the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus.  James Abourezk, who served in Congress from 1971-1979, is against the use of force by the United States.  Abourezk joined Dakota Midday Thursday at the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

Larry Rhoden Joins U.S. Senate Race

Jul 10, 2013
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Another South Dakotan says he wants to be the Republican contender for 2014’s open U.S. Senate seat. State Senator and Majority Whip Larry Rhoden is running in the Republican primary. Rhoden believes he has qualities to be successful on the national level.

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