Rep. Dusty Johnson talks shutdown, placement on Ag Committee

Dusty Johnson visits the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

RAPID CITY S.D. – The Federal Government back up and running after President Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday night to reopen the government for three weeks.

But the deal contains no money for the border wall.

Now, Congress has just weeks to negotiate a new deal. U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson will be part of those discussion on Capitol Hill. He was in Rapid City on Saturday, meeting with constituents during the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. He says they’ll have to act fast to come up with a solution to avoid another shutdown.

“I’m glad we’ve got three weeks now to try to work out all the specifics on border security,” Johnson said, “But Congress is going to have to be a lot more effective in the next three weeks than they have been in the last 3 months or else we’re not going to have anything else to celebrate long term.”

Johnson was also recently selected to serve on the House Agriculture Committee, which gives South Dakota a big voice at the table when drafting national policies. He will have a say in conservation, rural development, and agriculture research.

He said his biggest priority is carrying out the Farm Bill.

“We are going to make sure that all those programs, whether they’re the livestock disaster programs, whether they’re some of the rural crop programs that would help eastern South Dakota, we need to make sure those get implemented and executed well,” Johnson said. “We have to make sure that Farm Bill is as good as it is in practice as it is in promise. Words on paper don’t mean anything.”

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