The clock is ticking for Congress to pass a budget bill and avoid a government shutdown. The deadline is less than eight days away. The House passed its version of the budget last week, which attempts to de-fund the Affordable Care Act. House members -- including Representative Kristi Noem -- have said this budget would keep the government afloat until December.
A government shutdown could delay Social Security, close museums and put many Americans out of work.
"That's why you saw the House put together a bill that balances in 10 years and deals with our on-going debt and tries to pay it off. We haven't seen it from our administration. We have a divided government," Noem said.
Noem said she does not want to see a government shutdown, but said the Affordable Care Act will cost voters too much money and limit access to medical care.
"It's my job to protect them as much as I can," Noem said.
Not everyone believes that is happening.
"Some of us are kind of questioning why she is voting the way she is voting," Dee Halverson said.
While Noem spoke at a Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce event on Monday, Halverson was parked outside, with a large sign on the back of her SUV that read, "Kristi, Do you pay your health insurance? I believe not!" Halverson said she posted the sign because she believes the Affordable Care Act should not be a bargaining tool for Congress.
"They have excellent, excellent health insurance. Where I pay one-third of my income to get health insurance and I pay a $5,000 deductible," Halverson said.
The bill now heads to the Senate, and Democrats will likely strip the language referring to the Affordable Care Act out of the bill and send it back to the House.
"The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for three years. Democrats stand ready to work with reasonable people who want to improve it, but Republican attempts to take an entire law hostage simply to appease the tea party anarchists are outrageous, irresponsible and futile," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement.
Noem hopes the approaching deadline is an incentive to find a solution.
"For me, that's the perfect time for all of us to sit around the table and make sure we deal with the problems we have and the parties take responsibility to fix it," Noem said.