Representative Kristi Noem

South Dakota’s congressional delegation are supporting President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The president announced Tuesday the US would reinstate sanctions that were lifted under the deal.

Representative Kristi Noem is praising the president’s decision. She says the Obama-era deal was poorly negotiated and failed to permanently stop Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities. She says the country should have walked away from the agreement from the start. She says she’s proud the president was “bold enough to do so.”

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem says it’s horrifying to hear the stories of sexual assault and harassment.

She says now is a serious time in the country’s history to change the culture.

Kristi Noem says people have looked the other way for far too long when allegations of sexual assault or harassment arise.

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Representative Kristi Noem met with Black Hills Forest Service officials to discuss legislation that she says will help the organization better manage the forest.

The Resilient Federal Forests Act passed the House and is now on its way to the Senate. Noem says the Forest Service has to use money from their operating budget to fight wildfires.

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South Dakota’s congressional delegation is still intent to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Healthcare leaders in South Dakota say congressional legislative proposals could hurt the state.

Barb Storbeck helps people enroll for health insurance through the exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act.

She says many of her clients were getting health insurance for the first time.

South Dakota’s three members of congress say they support President Donald Trump’s temporarily suspend refugees from entering the country.
 
They say safety and a better vetting process are cause for the ban…
 
Congresswoman Kristi Noem says her first priority is the security of the American people. She says she’s concerned about the screening process for refugees, especially, she says, from terrorist hotbed areas.
 
Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds echo concerns about the vetting process.
 

Noem Announces Run For Governor

Nov 14, 2016
U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

Congresswoman Kristi Noem is announcing her bid for governor in 2018.

The announcement comes just after Noem was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Noem’s announcement ends speculation about her run for the state’s highest office.

Last week, State Representative Mark Mickelson announced he won’t run for governor.

If elected, Noem would be South Dakota’s first female governor.
 

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Roger Whittle discuss South Dakota's U.S. House and Senate races including Democratic House candidate Paula Hawks' announcement that she was sexually assaulted while attending college. Democratic candidates Hawks and Jay Williams trail Republican Incumbents Kristi Noem and John Thune in fundraising by large sums.

The Political Junkies also discussed problems with the Affordable Care Act. Recently, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said, "The Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable."

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Two candidates for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives squared off during the Sioux Falls Rotary debate.
 
The hour long debate touched on many issues facing the country, including national security, the economy, and education. The conversation also turned to South Dakota’s number one industry… agriculture.
 
Democratic challenger Paula Hawks has spent much of the campaign for U.S. House criticizing Representative Kristi Noem’s move from the House Agriculture committee to the Ways and Means Committee.
 

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At the Black Hills Forum and Press Club lunch on Friday, South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem insisted that change is a good thing.
 
That’s why she says she left the House Ag committee in favor of a group that looks at the country’s tax code. It’s an issue her challenger has hammered the incumbent on.

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South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the Sioux San Indian Health Service hospital in Rapid City will pass federal Medicaid and Medicare accreditation in September.  

Some IHS hospitals in South Dakota have struggled with accreditation and funding this year.

Noem took a  walkthrough Sioux San this week. She says the hospital has had its challenges with CMS accreditation.  She says funding could have been pulled this month but the deadline was pushed back.

SD Congressional Leaders Call For IHS Audit

Jul 7, 2016

South Dakota’s representatives in Congress say an audit of Indian Health Service operations would lead to solutions for improving care for Native people.

Officials say one of the focuses of an audit would be the formula for how IHS funds different regions.

The Indian Health Service employs roughly 15,000 people.  U-S Senator Mike Rounds, says out of those only 750 are doctors who actually see patients.