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South Dakota's Delegation Reacts to Debt Deal

August 1, 2011, 7:19 AM by Kelly Bartnick

South Dakota's Delegation Reacts to Debt Deal
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Washington Democrats and Republicans will be hard at work Monday persuading their parties to vote on late Sunday night deal to raise the country's debt ceiling.

The debt deal will cut $2.4 trillion in spending and raise the debt ceiling through the 2012 election. It also will eliminate $3 trillion of debt: $1 trillion now and the rest later. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Washington are expected to work Monday to drum up the support.

Early reaction from South Dakota's Republican lawmakers was favorable. 

Republican Tea Party favorite Kristi Noem was a guest on Fox News' On the Record with Greta VanSusteren Sunday night. She says the compromise is a win for all freshmen lawmakers.

"It's hard to make a lot of judgments until you actually see the details. But it looks good. It looks like it had some components that cap and balance had. And you know our conference was behind that plan. Hopefully it's done and we avert the crisis that's coming," Noem said.

Republican Senator John Thune likes that no taxes will be raised, but he also wants more information before endorsing the measure.
"It looks like there's at least an agreement on a framework. The details have to be worked out and there's always, as they say, the devil is in the details.  But it looks like it's a proposal that will at least cut government spending by as much or more than it increases the debt limit which is what many of us insisted on, is that we had a dollar-for-dollar reduction in spending," Thune said.

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson did not comment on the measure overnight. He has said in the past he favored a bi-partisan compromise similar to what democrats were pushing for.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

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