WASHINGTON (AP) — South Dakota has a lot on the line in Congress as the year comes to a close.
House and Senate negotiators are trying to wrap up a farm bill — which could provide much-needed relief to ranchers and protections to farmers. And another committee is trying to hammer out a water bill that would have wide-reaching effects in the state.
The Senate is also considering a defense authorization bill that would fund the type of long-range bombers that are based at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Senator John Thune says it will be a busy period for him and the rest of South Dakota’s delegation. He says that everything Congress is dealing with has serious consequences for South Dakota.