South Dakota Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem is explaining her vote against the agreement to reopen the government and raise the country's borrowing limit.
Noem was the only member of South Dakota's Congressional delegation to vote no on the measure.
Despite Noem's vote, the plan did pass both the House and the Senate Wednesday night and government offices reopened Thursday morning.
Noem says she never supported shutting down the government and recently has voted to open government offices. Noem says her vote didn't represent her objection to ending the shutdown but it expressed her displeasure with putting the country further into debt.
"The problem I had with the bill that we voted on last night was that it tied the debt ceiling to that bill and increased spending at a time when we should be looking at ways we can deal with our federal deficit," Noem said.
Noem says she has supported several bills in the last few weeks that would reopen government offices, but she did not support raising the debt ceiling.
"Last night's vote was about the debt ceiling and about having no more reforms, spending cuts, in fact increasing spending in that bill that I just couldn't support," Noem said.
Last week Noem visited ranchers in western South Dakota who suffered cattle losses during the blizzard earlier this month.
She also called for the Secretary of Agriculture to open Farm Service Agency offices to help ranchers during the shutdown; she says her vote Wednesday does not contradict her desire to bring relief to ranchers.
"Absolutely not I think everyone who knows me and has visited with me and followed the votes in DC knows I am fully supportive of opening the government and had voted for every bill I had the opportunity to to open the government," Noem said.
Noem adds that she does support the provision in the agreement that was passed Wednesday appointing a budget conference committee to analyze the country’s spending.