Kristi Noem – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected U.S. Representative, South Dakota

South Dakota Republican Party
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18575 US Hwy 81Castlewood SD 57223
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Biographical
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Gender: Female

Family: Husband: Bryon

3 Children: Kassidy, Kennedy, Booker.

Home City: Castlewood, SD

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Attended, Political Science, South Dakota State University, 2011

Attended, Northern State University, 1990-1992

Attended, Mount Marty College, Watertown

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Media Consultant/Public Relations Liaison, present

Farmer

Hunting Lodge Owner

Restaurant Manager

Writer.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Leader, 4-H

Member, Derby Downs Improvement Project Committee

Member, South Dakota Soybean Association

Member, South Dakota State Farm Service Agency Committee

Member, Watertown High School Rodeo Committee.

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees:

Member, Commission for Agriculture in the 21st Century

Member, Commission for Limited Resource Producers in Washington, D.C.

Committees:

Commerce, Member

Taxation, Member

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Representative, South Dakota State House of Representatives, 2006-present.

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Abortion, a General Statement

I am, and always have been, pro life. From the miracle of conception to a dignified death, life is precious and should be protected. The federal government has no business forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions.

If elected to Congress, I will maintain a 100% pro-life voting record.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

If elected to Congress, I will maintain a 100% pro-life voting record.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Federal Funding for Abortion

The federal government has no business forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Life Beginning at Conception

From the miracle of conception to a dignified death, life is precious and should be protected.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Business
Business, a General Statement

Individual initiative and free enterprise will bring our economy back. Higher taxes and more regulations will slow down the recovery. The needless pork projects and the bailouts that the politicians tell us create jobs really just divert money from private sector job creators into government programs -- with all the waste that comes with them.

If elected, I will work to cut wasteful spending and get the government out of the way of small businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready and willing to take a chance and expand their business or turn their idea into a reality. This is how we will create jobs and turn our economy around.

I carried legislation in the State Legislature this past session that reduced overregulation of the wind energy that was preventing developers from investing in our state and creating jobs. By bringing land owners, developers and other interested groups to the table, we offered real solutions to job creation needs without raising taxes or overregulation. That is how we get our economy back on track.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Courts, Laws & Justice
Courts, a General Statement

Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Legal Reform, a General Statement

Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Tort Reform and Frivolous Suits

Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Crime
Crime, a General Statement

Medicare fraud and abuse deprives our seniors of crucial health care resources. Part of lowering the cost of our health care system and keeping our promise to South Dakota seniors is putting a stop to Medicare fraud. We need to work harder to root out fraud in the current Medicare system and place a strong emphasis on fraud prevention.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Economy
Economy, a General Statement

Individual initiative and free enterprise will bring our economy back. Higher taxes and more regulations will slow down the recovery. The needless pork projects and the bailouts that the politicians tell us create jobs really just divert money from private sector job creators into government programs -- with all the waste that comes with them.

If elected, I will work to cut wasteful spending and get the government out of the way of small businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready and willing to take a chance and expand their business or turn their idea into a reality. This is how we will create jobs and turn our economy around.

I carried legislation in the State Legislature this past session that reduced overregulation of the wind energy that was preventing developers from investing in our state and creating jobs. By bringing land owners, developers and other interested groups to the table, we offered real solutions to job creation needs without raising taxes or overregulation. That is how we get our economy back on track.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Education
Improving Education

Education is best managed at the state and local level with the cooperation of parents, teachers and local elected officials. I will support efforts to protect local control and minimize intrusion from the federal government.

If elected to Congress I will be a voice for South Dakota's rural school districts and their unique needs. We know that top-down federal programs designed for downtown Chicago school districts might not work as well in rural South Dakota.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Local Control Over Education

Education is best managed at the state and local level with the cooperation of parents, teachers and local elected officials. I will support efforts to protect local control and minimize intrusion from the federal government.

If elected to Congress I will be a voice for South Dakota's rural school districts and their unique needs. We know that top-down federal programs designed for downtown Chicago school districts might not work as well in rural South Dakota.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Parental Involvement

Education is best managed at the state and local level with the cooperation of parents, teachers and local elected officials. I will support efforts to protect local control and minimize intrusion from the federal government.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Education, a General Statement

Education is best managed at the state and local level with the cooperation of parents, teachers and local elected officials. I will support efforts to protect local control and minimize intrusion from the federal government.

If elected to Congress I will be a voice for South Dakota's rural school districts and their unique needs. We know that top-down federal programs designed for downtown Chicago school districts might not work as well in rural South Dakota.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Financial Crisis
Financial Crisis, a General Statement

Individual initiative and free enterprise will bring our economy back. Higher taxes and more regulations will slow down the recovery. The needless pork projects and the bailouts that the politicians tell us create jobs really just divert money from private sector job creators into government programs -- with all the waste that comes with them.

If elected, I will work to cut wasteful spending and get the government out of the way of small businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready and willing to take a chance and expand their business or turn their idea into a reality. This is how we will create jobs and turn our economy around.

I carried legislation in the State Legislature this past session that reduced overregulation of the wind energy that was preventing developers from investing in our state and creating jobs. By bringing land owners, developers and other interested groups to the table, we offered real solutions to job creation needs without raising taxes or overregulation. That is how we get our economy back on track.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

$700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Bailout

The needless pork projects and the bailouts that the politicians tell us create jobs really just divert money from private sector job creators into government programs -- with all the waste that comes with them.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Federal Budget & Debt

Spending is out of control and Democrats in Washington, DC have no plan to rein it in. This year the U.S. House has not produced and passed a budget for the first time in history since the 1974 Budget Resolution Act was passed. This is a complete failure in fiscal leadership.

As a small business owner and an experienced rancher and farmer I understand the importance of a budget. As Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives, I helped balance the budget at the state level year after year. South Dakota needs a voice in Congress that will work to reduce wasteful spending and offer a plan for reducing our national debt. I promise to be that voice.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Deficit Spending

Spending is out of control and Democrats in Washington, DC have no plan to rein it in. This year the U.S. House has not produced and passed a budget for the first time in history since the 1974 Budget Resolution Act was passed. This is a complete failure in fiscal leadership.

As a small business owner and an experienced rancher and farmer I understand the importance of a budget. As Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives, I helped balance the budget at the state level year after year. South Dakota needs a voice in Congress that will work to reduce wasteful spending and offer a plan for reducing our national debt. I promise to be that voice.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

Spending is out of control and Democrats in Washington, DC have no plan to rein it in. This year the U.S. House has not produced and passed a budget for the first time in history since the 1974 Budget Resolution Act was passed. This is a complete failure in fiscal leadership.

As a small business owner and an experienced rancher and farmer I understand the importance of a budget. As Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives, I helped balance the budget at the state level year after year. South Dakota needs a voice in Congress that will work to reduce wasteful spending and offer a plan for reducing our national debt. I promise to be that voice.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Spending Limits

Spending is out of control and Democrats in Washington, DC have no plan to rein it in. This year the U.S. House has not produced and passed a budget for the first time in history since the 1974 Budget Resolution Act was passed. This is a complete failure in fiscal leadership.

As a small business owner and an experienced rancher and farmer I understand the importance of a budget. As Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives, I helped balance the budget at the state level year after year. South Dakota needs a voice in Congress that will work to reduce wasteful spending and offer a plan for reducing our national debt. I promise to be that voice.

The needless pork projects and the bailouts that the politicians tell us create jobs really just divert money from private sector job creators into government programs -- with all the waste that comes with them.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Government
Government, a General Statement

Too many politicians in Washington, DC believe that expanding government is the solution to every problem. The result we are faced with today is that the federal government has become large, intrusive and inefficient. This excessive growth is a direct threat to our liberty and to our values of individual responsibility and free enterprise. If elected to Congress, I will fight to protect our freedom and turn back the reach of government that is expanding deeper into our lives.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Regulations

I carried legislation in the State Legislature this past session that reduced overregulation of the wind energy that was preventing developers from investing in our state and creating jobs. By bringing land owners, developers and other interested groups to the table, we offered real solutions to job creation needs without raising taxes or overregulation. That is how we get our economy back on track.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Guns
Gun Control Legislation

In the State Legislature, I sponsored the Firearms Freedom Act ensuring that firearms and ammunition manufactured and sold in South Dakota, and remain in South Dakota, are not subject to federal regulation.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

High Capacity Magazines, Gun Locks and Ammunition

In the State Legislature, I sponsored the Firearms Freedom Act ensuring that firearms and ammunition manufactured and sold in South Dakota, and remain in South Dakota, are not subject to federal regulation.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

State Gun Legislation

In the State Legislature, I sponsored the Firearms Freedom Act ensuring that firearms and ammunition manufactured and sold in South Dakota, and remain in South Dakota, are not subject to federal regulation.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Guns, a General Statement

The Constitution guarantees the individual's right to keep and bear arms. I am strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Hunting is a large part of our family heritage and I enjoy hunting with friends and family. My family also runs a hunting operation, so I know firsthand the economic importance hunting has in our state.

In the State Legislature, I sponsored the Firearms Freedom Act ensuring that firearms and ammunition manufactured and sold in South Dakota, and remain in South Dakota, are not subject to federal regulation. If elected to Congress, the first vote I will cast will be to fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, who is not a friend of gun rights.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment

The Constitution guarantees the individual's right to keep and bear arms. I am strong supporter of the Second Amendment. If elected to Congress, the first vote I will cast will be to fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, who is not a friend of gun rights.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Health & Medical
Improving Health & Medical Care

Despite what some say, we still have the best health care available with access to medical research and cutting-edge technology that is the envy of the world. That being said, there is still room for improvement.

Real health care reform efforts should focus on increasing quality and reducing costs. We should consider proposals that increase competition amongst health care providers and insurers. This could include making health insurance portable so individuals can own and control their policies and take them from one job to another without tax penalties. We should also consider lowering the barriers to purchasing health insurance policies across state lines. Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

Despite what some say, we still have the best health care available with access to medical research and cutting-edge technology that is the envy of the world. That being said, there is still room for improvement.

Real health care reform efforts should focus on increasing quality and reducing costs. We should consider proposals that increase competition amongst health care providers and insurers. This could include making health insurance portable so individuals can own and control their policies and take them from one job to another without tax penalties. We should also consider lowering the barriers to purchasing health insurance policies across state lines. Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Elderly's Health

In a rural state like South Dakota, it is essential our seniors have access to good doctors. I will work to fix the Medicare payment system to ensure access for all South Dakota beneficiaries. Medicare payment rates affecting the care for our seniors should not be a political issue.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Immigration
Immigration, a General Statement

Except for Native Americans, we're all descendants of immigrants. I am proud of my German and Norwegian forbearers. Our nation welcomes law abiding, hard working people to share in our freedom and opportunity. But porous borders and unchecked illegal immigration are threats to citizens and legal immigrants alike.

We must immediately secure our border. This means we should use every available resource at our disposal: additional border patrol, fences, and technology. Then we must consider immigration reform that rewards those who have obeyed the law and waited to enter this country legally rather than pursuing a plan that involves amnesty.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Securing Our Borders

We must immediately secure our border. This means we should use every available resource at our disposal: additional border patrol, fences, and technology.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Our nation welcomes law abiding, hard working people to share in our freedom and opportunity. But porous borders and unchecked illegal immigration are threats to citizens and legal immigrants alike.

We must immediately secure our border. This means we should use every available resource at our disposal: additional border patrol, fences, and technology.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Border Security

We must immediately secure our border. This means we should use every available resource at our disposal: additional border patrol, fences, and technology.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Immigration Reform

We must immediately secure our border. This means we should use every available resource at our disposal: additional border patrol, fences, and technology. Then we must consider immigration reform that rewards those who have obeyed the law and waited to enter this country legally rather than pursuing a plan that involves amnesty.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

We must consider immigration reform that rewards those who have obeyed the law and waited to enter this country legally rather than pursuing a plan that involves amnesty.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement

Individual initiative and free enterprise will bring our economy back. Higher taxes and more regulations will slow down the recovery. The needless pork projects and the bailouts that the politicians tell us create jobs really just divert money from private sector job creators into government programs -- with all the waste that comes with them.

If elected, I will work to cut wasteful spending and get the government out of the way of small businesses and entrepreneurs who are ready and willing to take a chance and expand their business or turn their idea into a reality. This is how we will create jobs and turn our economy around.

I carried legislation in the State Legislature this past session that reduced overregulation of the wind energy that was preventing developers from investing in our state and creating jobs. By bringing land owners, developers and other interested groups to the table, we offered real solutions to job creation needs without raising taxes or overregulation. That is how we get our economy back on track.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance Purchase Choices

We should consider proposals that increase competition amongst health care providers and insurers. This could include making health insurance portable so individuals can own and control their policies and take them from one job to another without tax penalties. We should also consider lowering the barriers to purchasing health insurance policies across state lines.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Medicare

In a rural state like South Dakota, it is essential our seniors have access to good doctors. I will work to fix the Medicare payment system to ensure access for all South Dakota beneficiaries. Medicare payment rates affecting the care for our seniors should not be a political issue.

Medicare fraud and abuse deprives our seniors of crucial health care resources. Part of lowering the cost of our health care system and keeping our promise to South Dakota seniors is putting a stop to Medicare fraud. We need to work harder to root out fraud in the current Medicare system and place a strong emphasis on fraud prevention.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Medical Malpractice Reform

Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Employers vs Employees As Chief Health Care Buyer

We should consider proposals making health insurance portable so individuals can own and control their policies and take them from one job to another without tax penalties.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Universal Medical Care / Insurance

Putting the federal government between patients and their doctor is not the answer. If elected to Congress, I will support efforts to fully repeal the health care bill. If full repeal is not possible right away, then we must pursue other options to diminish its effect.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

I will work to repeal the trillion dollar health care bill passed this year that includes $500 million in cuts to Medicare. The bill puts bureaucrats between patients and their doctor and pays for it with cuts to essential programs like Medicare. This is the wrong direction for health care.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitations

Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Free Market Health Care

Real health care reform efforts should focus on increasing quality and reducing costs. We should consider proposals that increase competition amongst health care providers and insurers. This could include making health insurance portable so individuals can own and control their policies and take them from one job to another without tax penalties. We should also consider lowering the barriers to purchasing health insurance policies across state lines. Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Health Insurance, a General Statement

Real health care reform efforts should focus on increasing quality and reducing costs. We should consider proposals that increase competition amongst health care providers and insurers. This could include making health insurance portable so individuals can own and control their policies and take them from one job to another without tax penalties. We should also consider lowering the barriers to purchasing health insurance policies across state lines. Sensible medical malpractice reforms would help reduce costs.

In a rural state like South Dakota, it is essential our seniors have access to good doctors. I will work to fix the Medicare payment system to ensure access for all South Dakota beneficiaries. Medicare payment rates affecting the care for our seniors should not be a political issue.

Medicare fraud and abuse deprives our seniors of crucial health care resources. Part of lowering the cost of our health care system and keeping our promise to South Dakota seniors is putting a stop to Medicare fraud. We need to work harder to root out fraud in the current Medicare system and place a strong emphasis on fraud prevention.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Portable Medical Insurance

We should consider proposals that increase competition amongst health care providers and insurers. This could include making health insurance portable so individuals can own and control their policies and take them from one job to another without tax penalties. We should also consider lowering the barriers to purchasing health insurance policies across state lines.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Military & Defense
Military Adequacy

Defending our nation is the most basic and important role the federal government will ever have. In recent years we have asked much of our military men and women. They have performed courageously and selflessly with each request. We must ensure that our armed forces have clear, definable missions and then follow that up with the resources, equipment and support they need to make sure the job gets done.

Ellsworth Air Force Base is a key part of our nation's defense system and a critical part of our economy in Western South Dakota. If elected to Congress, I will help ensure it remains a state-of-the-art military base that continues to attract new missions.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Military Policy

Defending our nation is the most basic and important role the federal government will ever have. In recent years we have asked much of our military men and women. They have performed courageously and selflessly with each request. We must ensure that our armed forces have clear, definable missions and then follow that up with the resources, equipment and support they need to make sure the job gets done.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Military, a General Statement

Defending our nation is the most basic and important role the federal government will ever have. In recent years we have asked much of our military men and women. They have performed courageously and selflessly with each request. We must ensure that our armed forces have clear, definable missions and then follow that up with the resources, equipment and support they need to make sure the job gets done.

Ellsworth Air Force Base is a key part of our nation's defense system and a critical part of our economy in Western South Dakota. If elected to Congress, I will help ensure it remains a state-of-the-art military base that continues to attract new missions.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Defense and Military Budget

We must ensure that our armed forces have clear, definable missions and then follow that up with the resources, equipment and support they need to make sure the job gets done.

Ellsworth Air Force Base is a key part of our nation's defense system and a critical part of our economy in Western South Dakota. If elected to Congress, I will help ensure it remains a state-of-the-art military base that continues to attract new missions.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Department of Defense and Pentagon

Defending our nation is the most basic and important role the federal government will ever have. In recent years we have asked much of our military men and women. They have performed courageously and selflessly with each request. We must ensure that our armed forces have clear, definable missions and then follow that up with the resources, equipment and support they need to make sure the job gets done.

Ellsworth Air Force Base is a key part of our nation's defense system and a critical part of our economy in Western South Dakota. If elected to Congress, I will help ensure it remains a state-of-the-art military base that continues to attract new missions.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

African, Latino & Native Americans
Native American Rights

The nine Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota Tribes in South Dakota face numerous challenges, but as I visit with Native American leaders I also sense their hope and optimism for the future.

I am committed to helping South Dakota's tribes tackle the challenges that confront us.

Specifically, I will work on three important areas of concern in Indian Country. First, I am committed to promoting economic development. Native Americans are proud and independent people. We can and must create a better environment for job creation in Indian Country. Second, I am committed to working to ensure there is basic law and order in Native American communities. Finally, we should focus resources on improved schools and better health care. We need to create a better environment and make Indian schools safer. A lack of resources and medical staff are constantly the biggest hurdles to quality health care on our reservations. Improving access and quality of care should be a key priority.

The federal government and Native American people need to have a true government-to-government relationship. Consultation with the tribes on federal issues is critical if we want to find solutions that all parties can support. I believe this relationship must be based on partnership, not paternalism.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Native Americans, a General Statement

The nine Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota Tribes in South Dakota face numerous challenges, but as I visit with Native American leaders I also sense their hope and optimism for the future.

I am committed to helping South Dakota's tribes tackle the challenges that confront us.

Specifically, I will work on three important areas of concern in Indian Country. First, I am committed to promoting economic development. Native Americans are proud and independent people. We can and must create a better environment for job creation in Indian Country. Second, I am committed to working to ensure there is basic law and order in Native American communities. Finally, we should focus resources on improved schools and better health care. We need to create a better environment and make Indian schools safer. A lack of resources and medical staff are constantly the biggest hurdles to quality health care on our reservations. Improving access and quality of care should be a key priority.

The federal government and Native American people need to have a true government-to-government relationship. Consultation with the tribes on federal issues is critical if we want to find solutions that all parties can support. I believe this relationship must be based on partnership, not paternalism.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

US Treaties with Native Americans

The nine Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota Tribes in South Dakota face numerous challenges, but as I visit with Native American leaders I also sense their hope and optimism for the future.

I am committed to helping South Dakota's tribes tackle the challenges that confront us.

Specifically, I will work on three important areas of concern in Indian Country. First, I am committed to promoting economic development. Native Americans are proud and independent people. We can and must create a better environment for job creation in Indian Country. Second, I am committed to working to ensure there is basic law and order in Native American communities. Finally, we should focus resources on improved schools and better health care. We need to create a better environment and make Indian schools safer. A lack of resources and medical staff are constantly the biggest hurdles to quality health care on our reservations. Improving access and quality of care should be a key priority.

The federal government and Native American people need to have a true government-to-government relationship. Consultation with the tribes on federal issues is critical if we want to find solutions that all parties can support. I believe this relationship must be based on partnership, not paternalism.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Social Security & Pensions
Privatizing Social Security

I oppose privatizing Social Security. To this end I have signed a pledge vowing to protect Social Security.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Long Term Viability of Social Security

South Dakota seniors have put in a lifetime of hard work. They have paid into the system and we have the responsibility to make sure their retirement safety net is there as promised. I will work to protect Social Security for those in retirement and nearing retirement. To this end I have signed a pledge vowing to protect Social Security.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Social Security, a General Statement

South Dakota seniors have put in a lifetime of hard work. They have paid into the system and we have the responsibility to make sure their retirement safety net is there as promised. I will work to protect Social Security for those in retirement and nearing retirement. I oppose privatizing Social Security. To this end I have signed a pledge vowing to protect Social Security.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Taxes
Taxes Policy

To pay for the massive increase in government programs including the new health care bill, many in Washington, DC are looking for ways to increase our taxes. This is absolutely the wrong approach. If elected, I would support extending the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003, therefore protecting hardworking South Dakota families from what would otherwise be the largest tax increase in American history. We must end the unfair death tax that is especially hard on family-owned farms, ranches and small businesses and reduce marginal tax rates that families and small businesses pay. Finally, reducing the tax rates on capital gains will give Americans more of their own money to save or invest back into our economy.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Taxes, a General Statement

To pay for the massive increase in government programs including the new health care bill, many in Washington, DC are looking for ways to increase our taxes. This is absolutely the wrong approach. If elected, I would support extending the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003, therefore protecting hardworking South Dakota families from what would otherwise be the largest tax increase in American history. We must end the unfair death tax that is especially hard on family-owned farms, ranches and small businesses and reduce marginal tax rates that families and small businesses pay. Finally, reducing the tax rates on capital gains will give Americans more of their own money to save or invest back into our economy.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Property Taxes

Reducing the tax rates on capital gains will give Americans more of their own money to save or invest back into our economy.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Extending the Bush Tax Cuts

If elected, I would support extending the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003, therefore protecting hardworking South Dakota families from what would otherwise be the largest tax increase in American history.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)

We must end the unfair death tax that is especially hard on family-owned farms, ranches and small businesses and reduce marginal tax rates that families and small businesses pay.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement

South Dakota has a history of military service that is among the highest in the nation. I am thankful for the many veterans our state has produced, including the numerous Native American vets, and for the sacrifices they have made to keep our nation free and secure.

They have done their part to protect us from harm, but we must also do our part to honor them. We must keep the promises we made to our veterans and provide them with the health care and benefits they deserve.

If elected, I will do my best to help veterans through what is often a bureaucratic maze to get quick answers to their questions about benefits. I will also work to ensure good access to Veterans Administration services for vets living in rural locations. Finally, we must also work to make sure the veterans coming home from Iraq & Afghanistan have access to education, job-training and other programs to help them transition back into civilian life.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

GI Bill & Veterans' Benefits

We must keep the promises we made to our veterans and provide them with the health care and benefits they deserve.

If elected, I will do my best to help veterans through what is often a bureaucratic maze to get quick answers to their questions about benefits.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Veterans Administration (VA)

I will work to ensure good access to Veterans Administration services for vets living in rural locations.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Veterans' Recognition

They have done their part to protect us from harm, but we must also do our part to honor them.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

I will work to ensure good access to Veterans Administration services for vets living in rural locations.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Veterans' Health and Medical Care

We must keep the promises we made to our veterans and provide them with the health care and benefits they deserve.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

Vetreran Job Retraining

We must work to make sure the veterans coming home from Iraq & Afghanistan have access to education, job-training and other programs to help them transition back into civilian life.

Source: www.kristiforcongress.com/issues (12/19/2010)

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