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South Dakota's Congressional Members React to Budget

December 11, 2013, 4:55 PM by Brady Mallory

South Dakota's Congressional Members React to Budget
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Members of Congress have found common ground in a budget deal, but not everyone is happy with the plan. The bipartisan budget deal would avoid a shutdown, and keep the government running for the next two years. According to supporters, it would cut the deficit by $23 billion, while raising military and domestic spending. To offset extra spending - there will be cuts elsewhere, according to Congress.

"We are actually reducing the deficit further, without raising taxes. We're making divided government work," Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Wisconsin, said.

"We would've preferred something quite different, but we do recognize the value of coming to a decision, so we can go forward with some clarity," Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D) Minority Leader, said.

South Dakota's top Republican said he will not likely vote for the widely-supported budget plan.

"Well, I give them credit.  It's a good faith effort," Thune said.

Though he has previously called for a two-year budget, he said this plan abandons recent sequester cuts which he says have reduced federal spending.

"I'm just concerned that if we move away from that, we'll reverse any progress we've made toward getting deficit spending under control," Thune said.

On the other side of the aisle, Senator Tim Johnson said the budget isn't perfect, but calls it a good compromise. In a statement to KELOLAND News, he said:

"The good news is a bipartisan budget deal has been reached. The agreement establishes a plan to avert another federal government shutdown and reduce the harmful sequester cuts. It is not a perfect budget and does not do all I would like but that is the nature of compromise in a democracy, you have to give and take. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will push for Congress to promptly take action on the budget and pass a spending bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014. This will provide much-needed certainty for our economic recovery and Americans families who rely on important government services, including Head Start, the Farm Services Administration, and senior nutrition programs."

Represenative Kristi Noem sent this statement to KELOLAND News.

"This agreement is by no means anyone’s ideal resolution, but it came together through bipartisan talks and that in and of itself is a huge step forward.  The budget that was agreed to by the negotiators includes a number of reforms, opportunities for future savings and funding proposals that I am continuing to examine in advance of tomorrow’s vote."

Despite his objections, Thune believes Congress will pass this budget.

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