South Dakota political leaders react to State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. — South Dakota’s Congressional delegation, along with Gov. Kristi Noem, are voicing their responses to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Gov. Noem agreed with Trump’s message that the U.S. has grown stronger under his presidency.

“In the last two years, the American economy has grown, families have become stronger, and businesses have invested more dollars into their communities,” she said, “I’m proud of the work the president and I accomplished together to reduce taxes for middle class families, eliminate cumbersome regulations, and secure a critical safety net for South Dakota farmers and ranchers.”

However, Gov. Noem had less praise for the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

“Over the last two years, I have repeatedly met with President Trump to build an understanding of the difficult situation producers are in as a result of poorly negotiated trade deals,” she said, “It’s imperative we create trade agreements that treat South Dakota agricultural goods more fairly, expand market access, and are ultimately beneficial for producers in our state.”

Rep. Dusty Johnson approved of the President’s bipartisan emphasis, pointing to several key bipartisan bills that have successfully been passed in Washington this year.

Dusty Johnson visits the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo“Bipartisanship leads to results. Throughout the President’s address, we had the opportunity to meet people whose lives were changed because Congressional members set aside their egos and worked toward a common goal. Last year, Congress passed several bipartisan bills, including criminal justice reform and legislation combating the opioid crisis in our communities.”

Sen. John Thune took a more direct approach in addressing the party divide, issuing a jab at Democrats for pushing policies he believes are too costly, including Medicare expansion and taking a stronger stance on climate change.

“I hope Democrats join us in this effort, but we risk losing what we have already gained if they instead choose to abandon this progress and cede to the far-left of their party by embracing costly policies with gimmicky names like a ‘Green New Deal’ or ‘Medicare for All’ – policies that would raise families’ energy bills, jeopardize Medicare as we know it, and raise taxes on middle-income Americans.”

Sen. Mike Rounds voiced his approval of Trump’s stances on various issues, including providing Americans with more affordable health care.

“We all want to make our country safer, freer and more prosperous for the future. This includes enacting policies that further grow our economy, strengthening national defense and border security, making sure all Americans have access to affordable health care and prescription drugs, opening new markets for our products through strong trade agreements, and improving our nation’s infrastructure which is in need of repair.”


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