Just The Facts

Maybe you’ve heard the Democrats’ latest attack ad on the radio. Since partisan Democrats never let the facts get in the way of a good story, it’s not much of a surprise that this ad is false and misleading. The truth is that Kristi Noem has been working since day one to ensure the voices of South Dakotans are heard in Congress.

Here are the facts that dispel this desperate Democrat attack:

Kristi Noem has a 99 percent voting record in committee and a nearly 98 percent voting record on the House Floor. Of 156 recorded committee votes, Kristi has voted 154 times.

Kristi Noem has proven to be one of the most effective freshmen, already having two bills pass the House in the last year and a half.

Kristi Noem serves on a higher-than-average number of committees. Rep. Noem serves on three committees and nine subcommittees. She was also elected by her peers to be a part of the leadership team and attempts to meet with every constituent group who comes in from South Dakota.

  • There is often committee overlap. Committee hearings are often scheduled at the same time on the same day.
  • Seniority takes precedence when speaking, meaning that those in the first term often must wait their turn to ask question in hearings. There are currently 45 Members serving on the Agriculture Committee, 47 Members serving on the Natural Resources Committee and 40 Members serving on the Education and Workforce Committee. As a freshman, Rep. Noem comes after many of these Members when it comes to speaking at hearings.

Kristi Noem has had over 800 meetings with constituents from South Dakota since coming to Congress. She knows South Dakotans expect to see their representative when they come to Washington, and she has made these meetings a priority.

The Democrats’ partisan attack on Kristi Noem’s Agriculture Committee attendance is factually inaccurate and dangerously misleading. In an effort to mislead the media and the public, Democrats aren’t sharing all the facts. Here they are:

  • Of the hearings Democrats alleged she missed, Rep. Noem was actually present on at least three occasions, proving that the Democratic Party is simply lying to South Dakotans.
  • On June 23, 2011, a date prominently featured in media reports, Rep. Noem was not present at a committee meeting because she was testifying in front of a Natural Resources Subcommittee on legislation she introduced to benefit South Dakota: the Utilizing America’s Federal Lands for Wind Energy Act.
  • On April 26, 2012, Rep. Noem was not present at a subcommittee hearing because she was attending a bipartisan meeting to discuss legislative efforts in response to last year’s Missouri River flooding.
  • In two instances, Rep. Noem missed hearings because she had to vote in the Natural Resources Committee.
  • In other instances, Rep. Noem was meeting with her South Dakota constituents who stopped by her office in Washington.

While Democrats have been busy trying to tally up an attendance sheet, Kristi Noem has been busy getting things done for South Dakota. Here are just a few examples:

  • Rep. Noem stood up to the Obama administration’s Department of Labor (DOL) when they wanted to change child labor rules that could have banned kids from many farm chores. These rules were later rescinded.
  • Rep. Noem introduced legislation that passed the House in December 2011 to prevent the EPA from further regulating dust in a way that could have prevented farmers from working if it was a windy day.
  • Rep. Noem has made fighting the pine beetle epidemic in the Black Hills a federal priority. She’s secured additional resources to fight the bug and introduced legislation to get boots on the ground sooner and preventative and mitigation efforts underway faster to help get ahead of the beetle.
  • Rep. Noem is working to stop the EPA and Corps of Engineers from their attempt to expand their regulatory authority to include ditches, intermittent streams, ponds, stock dams and other common features in South Dakota.
  • Rep. Noem is fighting for livestock owners in the Farm Bill. She recently introduced legislation to extend the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) for the life of the Farm Bill.