Noem votes for “fiscal deal” too

The U.S. House of Representatives agreed with the Senate and approved the “fiscal cliff” package late Tuesday night on a vote of 257-167. South Dakota’s member of the House, Republican Kristi Noem, voted in favor. That put all three of South Dakota’s congressional delegation on the “aye” side of the matter. The House vote closed at 10:57 P.M. Eastern time. The partisan breaks were Republicans 85 ayes and 151 noes; and Democrats 172 ayes and 16 noes. Not voting were five Republicans and three Democrats.

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About Bob Mercer

Bob Mercer is a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News and four other separately owned newspapers: the Black Hills Pioneer, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Mitchell Daily Republic and the Watertown Public Opinion. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish and Pierre papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the five papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

One thought on “Noem votes for “fiscal deal” too

  1. Ambiguous

    Maybe when writing a story about this ask Noem when she decided to put Nancy Pelosi back in charge of the House of representatives… So much for a Republican majority if she and Boehner are going to pass legislation with minority Republican support.

    Bring back Pelosi and Herseth for all I care.

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