Congressional update

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.

News releases issued today

One thought on “Congressional update

  1. “important South Dakota priorities” — also known as pork! Come on, Thune fans, let’s hear some rejection of all that federal money being spent to forward a particular state’s interests. Time to take back Washington and cut all that spending… right?

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