Noem Opposes, Thune, Johnson Favor Bill
by Associated Press
October 17, 2013 7:14 AM
South Dakota's two U.S. senators voted in favor of ending the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, but the state's lone representative opposed the measure.
Republican Rep. Kristi Noem says reopening the government and averting the possibility of a national default are good things. But she says she couldn't support the bill because it doesn't address continued deficit spending.
Republic Sen. John Thune says the measure isn't perfect but it's necessary. He also says it will force Congress to have a broad debate about what he calls "dangerous levels of spending and debt."
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson says a key piece of the agreement is "jump-starting a constructive budget process."