Kristi Noem

Kristi Noem

SOUTH DAKOTA

Noem Weekly Column: Resiliency, Strength, Sacrifice

2015/02/27

When a service member joins the military, their spouse and family serves beside them.  And just as our military stand ready to respond to crisis here and abroad, their families must be prepared for their loved ones to be sent into harm’s way.

Last week, the Sioux Falls-based 1742nd Transportation Company of the Army National Guard received the 2014 Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Award.  The Pentagon honors just one Army National Guard Company with this award each year.  South Dakota has taken top honors each of the last three years.  In 2013, the 235th Military Police Company in Rapid City was recognized, and in 2012, the 842nd Engineer Company in Spearfish was honored.  Each of these awards is an incredible tribute that speaks to the integrity and value-system of the South Dakota National Guard and their leadership.

Demands over the last decade have demonstrated the critical role families play in mission success.  More so than in previous military engagements, the War on Terror has required our men and women in uniform to be deployed multiple times, meaning far too many American troops have missed not only one Christmas, birthday or anniversary, but two, three or more.  Family readiness for deployment, then, is essential.  As one Naval Commander put it, deployment is “so much easier when you know that your spouse and your kids are all taken care of.” 

For any of us, if there are financial or family problems at home, it can be next to impossible to concentrate on the work that must be done at the office.  For men and women in uniform, that distraction could be a matter of life and death.  As an Air Force Major wrote, “Without the support of the military family, I find it would be nearly impossible to be in a right state of mind to allow an individual to focus on mission accomplishment when the call comes.”

The most successful family readiness programs don’t start when the family finds out a loved one is going to be deployed.  The most successful programs begin long before that and continue throughout the deployment and long after the service member returns home.  That is something the 1742nd Transportation Company was recognized for last week.

I had the opportunity to help welcome the 1742nd Transportation Company home from their last tour in the Middle East.  Seeing husbands, wives and children rush to their loved ones in uniform sent chills down my spine and tears to my eyes.  The families in the auditorium that afternoon are resilient, strong, and courageous.  I deeply respect each of them and admire their sense of duty.  Each family there has made tremendous sacrifices so our guardsmen and women can defeat evil and protect the freedoms you and I exercise every day.

I will be forever grateful to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they’ve made.

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Following Pressure from Noem, IRS Extends Filing Deadline for Farmers Sent Wrong Obamacare Form

2015/02/27

Following pressure from Rep. Kristi Noem, the IRS will be offering relief for farmers who were sent incorrect Obamacare tax forms earlier this month.  The IRS will extend the tax filing deadline for impacted farmers from March 2, 2015, to April 15, 2015.

“Giving impacted farmers some flexibility on filing their taxes after another glitch in the President’s health care law is welcome relief,” said Rep. Noem. “This law has caused more than enough headaches for South Dakota families, and I’m confident we haven’t experienced the last of them yet.  I will remain vigilant.  We must ensure genuine accountability within the IRS and protect hardworking taxpayers from the federal government’s repeated abuses.”

Earlier this month, the IRS admitted to sending 800,000 incorrect Form 1095-As – a mistake that will uniquely impact farmers who have an earlier tax filing date and therefore less time to wait for the correct forms to arrive. On February 26, Rep. Noem wrote a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, urging the federal government to offer relief for farmers who were sent incorrect Obamacare tax forms.  

Rep. Noem is a member of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, giving her jurisdiction over the IRS on matters such as this.  

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VA chief tells congressional delegation that Hot Springs closure an open matter

2015/02/26

South Dakota's three members of Congress met in Washington this week with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the proposed closure of the VA hospital in Hot Springs, according to releases from their offices.

At the Wednesday meeting, McDonald reportedly told U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem that while the Environmental Impact Statement process continues regarding closure of the VA Black Hills Health Care facility in Hot Springs, no final decision to close the hospital has been made.

Earlier this month, the delegation from South Dakota sent McDonald a letter urging the Obama Administration to withdraw its budget proposal that includes reconfiguring the Hot Springs facility. A plan has been offered by the VA to close the main Hot Springs hospital and build a new facility in Rapid City.

"I am also happy to have his assurance that no decision has been made on the reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System. The Hot Springs VA hospital has the potential to become a national model for providing veteran care to rural veterans," Rounds said in the press release.

The final EIS is due in June, 2015. The state congressional delegation and vocal members of the Hot Springs community oppose the closure of the historic facility, a move they say would devastate the Hot Springs economy and hurt rural veterans. One proposal is to turn the Hot Springs hospital into a defined treatment center for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Fight continues to save Hot Springs VA

2015/02/26

The South Dakota congressional delegation is continuing to urge Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to withdraw plans to reconfigure the VA Black Hills Health Care System from President Barack Obama’s budget proposal.

Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and Rep. Kristi Noem met with McDonald Tuesday to reiterate their concerns.

The VA has served veterans in Hot Springs for more than a century but now wants to move some services to Rapid City. The Hot Springs VA hospital is listed on the National Register of Historic Places but could be shuttered.

The delegation says McDonald assured them that no final decision has been made yet about the future of the Hot Springs VA.

Thune says the White House should stop giving veterans the “bureaucratic run-around” and start providing answers.

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Noem Urges IRS and HHS to Offer Relief for Farmers Sent Wrong Obamacare Form

2015/02/26

Rep. Kristi Noem today urged Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to offer relief for farmers who were sent incorrect Obamacare tax forms.  Earlier this month, the IRS admitted to sending 800,000 incorrect Form 1095-As – a mistake that will uniquely impact farmers who have an earlier tax filing date and therefore less time to wait for the correct forms to arrive.

“I am extremely concerned about the effect the government’s mistake will have on hardworking South Dakota farmers, as they are subject to unique filing deadlines,” said Noem.  “Certainly, farmers are in need of relief similar to that which was previously announced for individuals who had already filed.  Their financial independence should not be in any way put at risk because of yet another ‘glitch’ in the implementation of the President’s health care law.”

Rep. Noem is a member of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, giving her jurisdiction over the IRS on matters such as this.  The Congresswoman’s letter to Secretary Burwell, Commissioner Koskinen, and Secretary Lew can be found below.

February 26, 2015

The Honorable Sylvia Burwell                                           
Secretary                               
Department of Health and Human Services                     
200 Independence Avenue, SW                                                     
Washington, DC 20201                                                       

The Honorable John Koskinen
Commissioner
Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20225

Dear Secretary Burwell and Commissioner Koskinen,

As you know, the President’s health care law requires taxpayers who receive health insurance through the Federal health insurance exchange – including many South Dakotans – to rely on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1095-A to prepare their Federal tax returns. While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides this form to taxpayers, recent media reports indicate that HHS recently sent approximately 800,000 incorrect Form 1095-As to taxpayers across the country.

To be sure, the government’s error places an additional and needless burden on taxpayers – on top of the already onerous obligation to comply with the healthcare mandate. I am particularly concerned, however, with the effect that the government’s mistake will have on South Dakota farmers, as farmers are subject to unique filing deadlines. Under Internal Revenue Code (Code) § 6654, farmers are permitted, in lieu of quarterly estimated tax payments, to pay their total tax for the year by March 1st of the following year.  For this year, the due date for farmers to file their 2014 tax returns and remit their total payment is next Monday, March 2, 2015. This means that a farmer who received an erroneous Form 1095-A, has five days including today to meet his filing obligation without the correct information from the Federal government. And, compounding the situation, the IRS has directed taxpayers who received these incorrect forms not to file their tax returns until corrected forms are sent.

Clearly, farmers are in need of immediate relief similar to that recently announced for individuals who have already filed their 2014 tax returns. In similar situations, such as the delayed passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), the IRS has historically used its authority under Code § 6654(e)(3) to extend the filing due date for farmers and waive relevant tax penalties.

As a Member of the Oversight Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means, I am committed to ensuring that your agencies implement the nation’s tax and health laws in a fair and reasonable manner. To guarantee that South Dakota farmers will receive relief from the government’s error, please provide the following information as soon as possible:

1)     Will the IRS provide an extended filing due date for farmers affected by erroneous Form 1095-As? If so, when will that extension be announced, and will it include guidance similar to that which was provided in response to ATRA?

2)     Will farmers who are forced to file an amended return or refile be subject to a penalty and/or interest on any underpayment of tax? If so, will the IRS grant relief from such penalties and/or interest in this case and how should affected farmers apply for that relief?

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact my staff at 202-225-2801.

Sincerely,

KRISTI NOEM
Member of Congress

CC: The Honorable Jacob Lew, Treasury Secretary

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SD delegation criticizes Obama's veto on Keystone XL pipeline

2015/02/24

South Dakota's Republican congressional delegation is criticizing the president's veto of a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Sen. John Thune, South Dakota's senior senator, says President Barack Obama's veto is disappointing but not surprising.

The pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. would transport Canadian oil through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry the oil to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Sen. Mike Rounds says Obama has chosen to appease the "far-left wing" of his political base instead of doing what's best for Americans.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says the president's decision is veto on jobs, South Dakota counties and relief for a transit system already over-crowded with oil transport.

Congressional Republicans may try to override Obama's veto.

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Siouxland lawmakers on Capitol Hill react to President Obama's veto

2015/02/24

Siouxland lawmakers have already expressed their reactions to the President's veto on the Keystone Pipeline X-L legislation.

United States Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota says, "In his veto, he has thumbed his nose at the American people who overwhelmingly support the project, our Canadian allies and the economic growth of our nation."

Representative Kristi Noem of South Dakota says,"The President's veto on Keystone was a veto on jobs, revenue for cash-strapped South Dakota counties, and much-needed relief on the roads and rails that are currently crowded with oil transit".

United States Senator John Thune of South Dakota says he was expecting the veto, "It's disappointing but not surprising that the president has yet again chosen his far-left environmental base over American jobs and opportunity."

The State department has done multiple studies that show the pipeline is not expected to have any significant effects on the environment.

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Noem Statement on President Obama's Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline

2015/02/24

Rep. Kristi Noem today issued the following statement after President Obama issued a veto on S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act – a bill that passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support:

“The President’s veto on Keystone was a veto on jobs, revenue for cash-strapped South Dakota counties, and much-needed relief on the roads and rails that are currently crowded with oil transit. This pipeline is a commonsense place to start as we work toward a stronger energy economy, because it’s a place where Republicans and Democrats, the House and the Senate, and the overwhelming majority of Americans can find common ground.  But the President vetoed that opportunity.  I am hopeful this is not the end of the road for the pipeline and remain committed to doing all I can to see Keystone through.”

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SD delegation against new dietary guidelines

2015/02/20

Following a new report from the Obama administration’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the suggested 2015 dietary guidelines, U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) expressed their concern about the misleading and inconsistent guidelines on meat consumption in the report.

Every five years, USDA and HHS review the dietary guidelines for American food consumption. The new report recommends to the secretaries what should be included in the dietary guidelines that will be issued later this year. The report leaves lean red meat out of what it considers to be a healthy diet, which is not only a great concern to dietitians who support consumption of lean red meat but is also concerning for the South Dakota livestock industry.

“It is hard to believe that the very agency tasked with promoting agriculture would encourage people not to eat meat,” said Thune. “From the short-lived Meatless Mondays, to misguided dietary guidelines, farmers and ranchers deserve more of an ally in the USDA, rather than an adversary. Misleading dietary guidelines would not only confuse consumers, but would also harm South Dakota’s livestock industry. I urge the Obama administration to reconsider the recommendations in the report, and I will continue to closely monitor the guidelines as they move forward.”  

“For this study to suggest that they cannot get adequate information to make a firm determination on the value of lean red meat in the diet is absurd,” said Rounds. “Instead, they are using misleading information, which is unfair to both consumers who look to these guidelines for sound advice and producers whose livestock business could be negatively affected. As our farmers and ranchers continue to seek ways to feed a growing global population, our government should find ways to empower, not hinder, our producers. I encourage the administration to consider the impacts of these misguided recommendations and remove them from the final report.”

“Dietary guidelines have historically been based on healthy eating and nutrition, but the Obama administration is inviting their environmental agenda to the dinner table,” said Noem. “We need a science and health based approach to nutrition, and that includes meat. South Dakota farmers and ranchers deserve better from the USDA. As a lifelong farmer and rancher and also as a mom, I know that good protein sources like lean meat are part of a healthy diet. This recommendation is misguided and I urge the administration to base their guidelines on what is good for the consumers and those who provide our meals.”

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Noem: need more than fluff from Obama on ISIS

2015/02/19

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R) says she needs more than "fluffy" speeches from the Obama Administration before she votes to give the President new military authority against the ISIS terrorists.

Noem lambasted the President's response to the threat in a speech to the State Legislature in Pierre. Congress is on break. 

Noem says before she can support the President's plan she has to know that it will produce a victory and that U.S military commanders have the flexibility and the authority they need to be successful.

President Obama has asked Congress for new military power to combat ISIS.

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US Rep. Kristi Noem addresses state lawmakers in Pierre

2015/02/19

Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says some of the most pressing issues facing Congress include fighting extremism abroad, trade agreements and overhauling the federal tax code.

Noem said Congress could take a tip from South Dakotans about building the economy on Thursday in a speech to state lawmakers about the most significant issues before federal legislators.

Noem says she wants to share with Congress South Dakotans' knowledge that the state and federal governments don't build the economy. Noem says people create jobs and says the South Dakota economy is powered by empowered people.

South Dakota's lone U.S. representative says other issues Congress faces include opening up new markets through trade agreements and overhauling the federal tax code. She says now is the time to destroy the Islamic State group.

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US Rep. Kristi Noem addresses state lawmakers in Pierre

2015/02/19

Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says some of the most pressing issues facing Congress include fighting extremism abroad, trade agreements and overhauling the federal tax code.

Noem said Congress could take a tip from South Dakotans about building the economy on Thursday in a speech to state lawmakers about the most significant issues before federal legislators.

Noem says she wants to share with Congress South Dakotans' knowledge that the state and federal governments don't build the economy. Noem says people create jobs and says the South Dakota economy is powered by empowered people.

South Dakota's lone U.S. representative says other issues Congress faces include opening up new markets through trade agreements and overhauling the federal tax code. She says now is the time to destroy the Islamic State group.

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Noem to Hold Town Hall in Sioux Falls on February 17

2015/02/17

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Rep. Kristi Noem will hold a town hall in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, February 17, at 12:00PM (CT).  If you plan to cover this event, please contact Brittany Comins at brittany.comins@mail.house.gov.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WHAT:  Noem to Hold Town Hall
WHEN:  Tuesday, February 17 – 12:00PM-1:00PM (CT)
WHERE:  Sheraton Hotel, Fontenelle Ballroom (1211 N. West Ave., Sioux Falls)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rep. Noem will host a town hall for constituents.  She’ll be offering attendees a brief update about what she’s been working on in Congress before taking their questions. 

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Rep. Noem Shares Goals, Plans With Residents

2015/02/17

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem is back in South Dakota, updating constituents on what she's been doing on Capitol Hill.

"We have some unique opportunities to finalize some huge agreements that would be big for South Dakota," Noem said. 

One of those opportunities is the Keystone XL Pipeline. Noem says if President Obama vetoes the current bill, she will continue to fight for the project with new proposals. She believes completing the project would have a positive impact.

"In western South Dakota, where that pipeline would go across those counties, the property taxes would fund their schools. It would help fund their infrastructure needs. Their roads and bridges," Noem said.

Outside of the U.S., Noem wants to see more international trade agreements. She believes South Dakota farmers and ranchers are missing out on making big money because of the current trade system.

"Right now Japan has a 38.5 percent tariff on our beef. You can see that when we are able to get beef over there, if you add on that tariff, there's not many Japanese people who are going to be able to buy that," Noem said. 

Noem says with 1 billion more people in China than in the U.S., it just makes sense to make trade easier between the U.S. and Asia.

She hopes by planning for the future now, they'll be able to get more done in D.C. over the next few years. 

Noem also says she would like to see a new alternative to Obamacare ready to go, in case the Supreme Court decides to repeal parts of it in June.

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Noem Hosts Town Hall In Sioux Falls

2015/02/17

South Dakotans are asking the state’s lone United States Congresswoman about national issues they see affecting South Dakota. Tuesday US Representative Kristi Noem held a town hall meeting in Sioux Falls. 

People meeting with Congresswoman Kristi Noem in Sioux Falls want to know how Washington, DC sees topics important to them. One of those is the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run through western South Dakota. Both the Senate and the House passed a measure approving the pipeline. Noem says the decision now rests with President Barack Obama.

"He has indicated that he will veto the bill, which means it comes back to us to potentially send another opportunity for him to make this important project a reality," Noem says. "You know, we could potentially put the Keystone pipeline legislation back on his desk attached to another bill, maybe with something else that he would want to sign into law. We’ll just have to see how this next Congress goes."

Noem says the pipeline is a safe way to transport Canadian crude oil on American soil, and she says South Dakota counties would benefit financially. Critics of the plan worry about the environmental and social impacts of building the Keystone XL pipeline.

The oil pipeline is far from the only wedge between the Obama administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. A member of the audience asks Congresswoman Kristi Noem about an upcoming US Supreme Court ruling related to the Affordable Care Act. That opinion could jeopardize health coverage for millions of people who use the federal insurance exchange.

"Certainly we see a lot of volatility right now," Noem says. "When the Supreme Court comes out with their decision here in June, we need to have that alternative ready so that people know that we really do recognize those 5 million people need to have insurance and want to be covered and have it done more affordably."

Noem says she can’t reveal many details about the plan, but she says it would be market-based and patient-centered. The Congresswoman says lawmakers want to have it finalized in May.

The Congresswoman takes additional questions from the audience. One deals with FCC regulations. The Federal Communications Commission’s leader wants to ensure the internet gets to people uninterrupted. The FCC says, right now, providers could charge people who use more data a higher price or they could slow or speed up service to certain customers. The agency wants to expand its power to stop that from happening. Noem says she doesn’t support the FCC’s move.

"I just believe that the internet has been a wonderful opportunity-creator for individuals regardless of their income level, status, or where they live in the country, and I don’t believe that another layer of federal bureaucracy will improve utilization of that resource," Noem says.

Noem says she supports ensuring net neutrality through legislation in Congress, not through a federal agency. Regulators vote on the FCC measures late next week.

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Noem to Hold Town Hall in Watertown February 14

2015/02/14

Rep. Kristi Noem will hold a town hall in Watertown on Saturday, February 14, at 11:00AM (CT). 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

WHAT:  Noem to Hold Town Hall
WHEN:  Saturday, February 14 – 11:00AM-12:00PM (CT)
WHERE:  Codington County Extension Complex and Park & Rec Fieldhouse, Livestock Show Ring (1910 West Kemp, Watertown)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rep. Noem will host a town hall for constituents at the 2015 Farm Show.  She’ll be offering attendees a brief update about what she’s been working on in Congress before taking their questions. 

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With Noem Support, House Passes Permanent Increase to Section 179 for Farmers and Small Businesses

2015/02/13

Rep. Kristi Noem today joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R.636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act.  This legislation, which Noem helped advance through the Ways and Means Committee last week, increases Section 179 expensing limitations for small businesses and farms, among other things.

“As a lifelong farmer and rancher, I understand the importance of reasonable deduction levels for new equipment,” said Rep. Noem.  “Increasing the Section 179 expensing limitations for small businesses and farms gives families more flexibility to invest in their operation.  And I know the certainty of a permanent increase would be more than welcome too.”

H.R.636 increases deduction amounts under Section 179 of the tax code to $500,000, which maintains 2014 levels.  On December 31, 2014, a temporary extension of the $500,000 expensing limitations expired, dropping the maximum amount to $25,000.

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Weekly Column: Legislation and Leadership

2015/02/13

It’s that time of year when I have the opportunity to address the South Dakota State Legislature – a body I was once a part of.  When I meet with them this Thursday, I’ll be talking a lot about opportunity and the state and federal collaboration that must occur to ensure every hardworking South Dakotan has the chance to get ahead.

Today, South Dakota sits as an example for the nation, due in part to the commonsense policies that come out of the state legislature year after year.  We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and consistently earn recognition as the one of the best states to do business.  We keep our taxes low and minimize the regulatory burden on family farms and job creators.  We put South Dakotans in control of their future and we’ve flourished as a result.  I was proud to play a role in facilitating that kind of economy as a member of the South Dakota State House and I’m working hard to bring those same values to the U.S. Congress.

There’s a lot of work that must be done – on both the state and the federal level.  Our budgets must get balanced.   Infrastructure projects must be funded.  Human trafficking has to be stopped.  The federal tax code must be simplified.  Trade agreements must be signed.  And to achieve any of it, common ground must be found.  That will require strong leadership.

This week, we celebrate the birthday of one of our nation’s strongest leaders, President George Washington.  He reminded us that, “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”  To produce real results, we need to start with an understanding that neither the state nor the federal government builds an economy or creates jobs.  People do.  When lawmakers sign a bill, they aren’t signing a paycheck.  They’re simply helping to create an environment where if you work hard and play by the rules, you will get ahead.  This is the message I’ll be sharing with the state legislature this week.

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than five years since I represented District 6 in the South Dakota House of Representatives.  It’s an experience – and a lesson in leadership – that I carry with me to this day. Read More

With Noem support, House passes permanent increase for farmers and small businesses

2015/02/13

Rep. Kristi Noem today joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R.636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act.  This legislation, which Noem helped advance through the Ways and Means Committee last week, increases Section 179 expensing limitations for small businesses and farms, among other things.

“As a lifelong farmer and rancher, I understand the importance of reasonable deduction levels for new equipment,” said Rep. Noem.  “Increasing the Section 179 expensing limitations for small businesses and farms gives families more flexibility to invest in their operation.  And I know the certainty of a permanent increase would be more than welcome too.”

H.R.636 increases deduction amounts under Section 179 of the tax code to $500,000, which maintains 2014 levels.  On December 31, 2014, a temporary extension of the $500,000 expensing limitations expired, dropping the maximum amount to $25,000.

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Thune, Noem on Keystone passage

2015/02/11

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the House’s bipartisan passage of the Senate bill to approve the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline:

“For more than six years, President Obama has made one excuse after another for blocking this common-sense jobs and infrastructure project. A bipartisan majority in both the House and Senate have spoken. The time to approve the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline is now. I hope the president chooses American jobs and opportunity over political appeasement, and signs this bill into law.”

Rep. Kristi Noem today joined the U.S. House of Representatives in putting the Keystone XL Pipeline on the President’s desk.  H.R.3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which would authorize the long-awaited pipeline’s construction and operation.  With passage in both the House and the Senate, H.R.3 will now go to the President for his signature.

“On energy policy, the President has said that we need to aim higher than a single pipeline, but I believe this pipeline is a good place to start,” said Rep. Noem.  “Further delaying Keystone XL would deprive South Dakota of good jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for cash-strapped counties, and relief for the roads and rails that are currently crowded with oil transit.  I am committed to doing all I can to see this pipeline through – no matter the legislative hurdles we have to cross to accomplish that.”

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U.S. Representative Kristi Noem is a wife, mother, experienced rancher, farmer, and former small business owner. Kristi was born and raised in rural Hamlin County in northeastern South Dakota and still lives there today with her husband, Bryon, and their three children, Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker.

Kristi learned the value of hard work early in life from her father. He put Kristi, her sister and two brothers to work on the family farm at a young age caring for the cattle and horses and helping with planting and harvest. After graduating from high school, Kristi began attending college at Northern State University in Aberdeen. When her father died unexpectedly in a farming accident, Kristi returned to the family farm and ranch full-time. Her father’s death left a huge absence, so Kristi stepped up and helped stabilize the operation and provided leadership when it was needed most.

Kristi’s work on the farm and ranch didn’t go unnoticed. In 1997 she received the South Dakota Outstanding Young Farmer award and in 2003 she was honored with the South Dakota Young Leader award.

Kristi’s experience as a small business owner shaped her understanding of government and its purpose. Too often, government is inefficient and ineffective, simply getting in the way of small businesses and entrepreneurs who wish to create jobs and grow our economy. Realizing this, Kristi decided to get involved to try and make a difference.

Her service includes the South Dakota State Farm Agency State Committee, the Commission for Agriculture in the 21st Century, the South Dakota Soybean Association, and numerous other boards and committees. In the fall of 2006, Kristi was elected as the 6th District Representative to the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Kristi quickly realized she could serve her district, and the State of South Dakota, more effectively in a leadership position. So in her second term she ran for, and won, the position of Assistant Majority Leader in the State House, where she served until 2010.

Kristi was first elected to serve as South Dakota’s lone Member of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.

While keeping up with her Congressional duties in Washington, D.C. and work with constituents in South Dakota, Kristi continued to take undergraduate courses from South Dakota State University. In December 2011, Kristi graduated from SDSU with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

On November 6, 2012, Kristi was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she continues to serve on the Agriculture Committee and House Armed Services Committee.

Kristi enjoys helping her daughters compete in rodeo and 4-H. She has been a 4-H leader for 14 years. Kristi is also an avid hunter. She particularly enjoys pheasant hunting on the homestead and archery elk with her brothers.


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