Here at The Daily Republic, we get a lot of news releases from our congressional delegates and have the opportunity to join them in conference calls. In the future, I hope to share more of those things with you on this blog as part of a recurring feature that I’ll call "Congressional update." Consider it part of an effort to make readers of this blog "insiders," as the blog’s name suggests.
The first update follows.
Conference call audio
South Dakota Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune both conducted conference calls with reporters today. One of the main topics was the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Conference Report, which a Thune news release said "authorizes $680 billion in funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy, including several South Dakota defense related projects." Numerous other topics were covered, including health care and a proposed legislative apology to American Indians.
- Click here to listen to Thune’s opening statement (his office doesn’t post the Q&A portion on his site).
- Click here to listen to Johnson’s conference call.
News releases issued today