Noem, legislators plan to continue supporting Trump in 'South Dakota values'
PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Kristi Noem and South Dakota's three U.S. legislators, all Republicans, cited recent job growth in the state and a desire to continue promoting national security and family values in their support for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
“President Trump’s bold leadership has made a tremendous impact on South Dakota," Noem said. "Since he took office, 16,000 jobs have been created in our state and new business applications have risen by 24 percent."
Sen. Mike Rounds said the policies enacted since Trump took office and the issues highlighted in Tuesday's address are representative of South Dakota's ideals.
“He also laid out a vision for the future that is pro-growth, pro-family, pro-life and pro-security. These values are South Dakota values," Rounds said. "I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump and my colleagues on these and other issues to keep our country free and make it stronger and more prosperous for generations to come.”
Sen. John Thune also said he supports a "pro-growth" agenda for the future that involves policies related to education, health care and retirement, as well as prioritizing military strength.
"We must also do everything that we can to fully fund our national defense and ensure that the United States military remains the best-prepared, best-equipped fighting force on the planet," Thune said.
Rep. Dusty Johnson said along with boosting economic growth through trade agreements that benefit farmers, he looks forward to continuing to work with Trump toward lowering prescription costs and ending unexpected medical billing.
“The economy is hotter than a pistol,” Johnson said. “More than 35,000 South Dakotans have been lifted out of poverty in the last few years and manufacturing wages have increased 9 percent this year alone. We all know there’s more work to be done."
Johnson, Thune and Rounds all said they plan to continue working within Congress and with Trump as the year progresses to prioritize economic growth, national security and American families.
"I am committed to putting in the hard work – with Republicans and Democrats – to prove that while there are times when Washington might seem broken beyond repair, that America’s brightest days are ahead of us," Thune said. "The American people expect and deserve nothing less.”