Weekly Column


Weekly Column: Giving Back

We are just a few weeks from Memorial Day, a federal holiday designated for honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom. As we prepare to recognize the brave men and women in uniform, I am reminded just how fortunate we are for all those who answer the call to serve. Our armed forces are the epitome of public servants, sacrificing everything to keep us free and safe. But there are many ways in which we give back to our communities to promote the greater good. For 30 ye… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: The Water Quality Protection Act

In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to expand the definition of 'waters of the U.S.' This power grab would dramatically expand the federal government's jurisdiction under the Clean Air Act, beyond what the Act intended. The proposed rule, commonly known as WOTUS, has the potential to be one of the most burdensome and overreaching regulations in history for South Dakota's farmers and ranchers by requiring onerous and unnecessary … Continue Reading


Weekly Column: My First 100 Days

My first 100 days working as a U.S. Senator have been full of activity. When the people of South Dakota elected me to the Senate, I made them a promise to help get things working in Washington again. For too long, our federal government has been mired in dysfunction and lack of accountability. The new Republican majority in Congress has been working hard to get government back on track. Already, we have made significant progress. In the senate, we have passed many important bipartisan bills, i… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Introducing the Payments Innovation Caucus

In 1914, Western Union began issuing metal cards to the company's top customers. For a subscription fee, "preferred" customers could use their "metal money" to defer payments on various goods and services. This was the first step in a series of monetary advances which revolutionized access to capital and credit. It has significantly changed the way commerce is conducted around the globe today. In the 101 years since metal money was first distributed, the credit card - and now the payments ind… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Keeping America Safe

Protecting our nation through a strong defense system is a fundamental role of the federal government. As ever-growing threats emerge, we must remain diligent in our abilities to protect our nation and our allies. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has oversight of our nation's military and the Department of Defense, I am committed to making sure our men and women in uniform are equipped with adequate funding. They put everything on the line to protect our freedoms; we owe… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Spending Responsibly

The mindset in Washington for far too long has been "spend now, pay later," leaving our children and grandchildren to pick up the tab. This has led to a national debt of more than $18 trillion that threatens future economic growth. When Republicans took over the Senate this year, we promised to put an end to this kind of reckless spending. The budget we passed in the Senate offers a robust plan to not only rein in spending, but also grow the economy, repeal Obamacare and protect Americans from n… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Obamacare’s Five Year Anniversary: More Money, More Problems

It has been five years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, was rushed through Congress on a partisan vote and forced upon the American people. Since becoming law, it has been plagued with lawsuits, website glitches, cancelled policies, unworkable provisions, delays and repeals. Premiums are skyrocketing for many South Dakota families, and small businesses are spending thousands of dollars to comply with new paperwork mandates. And that is just the first five years. … Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Taking Care of Our Vets

Providing adequate care and support for our military personnel - during and after their service - is a fundamental responsibility of the federal government. In fact, national defense is the primary purpose of the federal government. The brave men and women in uniform sacrifice everything to protect our freedoms here at home, and we owe it to them to make sure they have everything they need when they return from service. In the Senate, I have the unique privilege to serve on two committees that … Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Balancing our Budgets

In my time spent working as State Senate Majority Leader and Governor of South Dakota, balancing the state budget was part of my job. Our state laws require us to balance our books each year, so we found ways to do more with less and grow our economy without Overspending - just as has always been done in South Dakota. Despite sometimes having to make tough decisions, in the end we are better off for it. I'm proud of our record of balancing the books in South Dakota for 125 years. At the federal… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Getting Settled, Ready to Work

Last week, I was sworn in as the 27th Senator from South Dakota. I am grateful for those who helped get me here and look forward to working together to solve the problems facing our state and nation. At my swearing in, I was joined by approximately 20 family members from South Dakota, including my wife, Jean, our four kids and their spouses, my father, Don, and my stepmother Rosemary. Having them with me made the day particularly special, and I thank them for their overwhelming support on this … Continue Reading

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