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July 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule to rein in an egregiously abused process that confers eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to households who receive nominal services or support from other social safety net programs, a pathway often referred to as Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE). After the announcement, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K.

July 16, 2019 Press Release

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July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) issued a statement following the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, a bill which Rep. Johnson cosponsored earlier this year. Rep. Johnson was a member of the whip team that secured votes for passage.

July 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and House Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to properly assess the impact of proposed amendments to fireworks regulations in the United States. The proposed CPSC changes would decrease the availability of consumer fireworks and ultimately hurt small businesses in South Dakota.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and David Trone (D-MD) announced the introduction of the Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act of 2019, a bill that would assist institutions of higher education in implementing evidence-based programs to prevent alcohol and substance misuse on campus and support those with substance use disorders (SUDs). Reps. Chris Pappas (D-NH), John Joyce (R-PA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), and Michael Guest (R-MS) joined Johnson and Trone in introducing the bill. 

June 28, 2019 Weekly Column

It’s Not Perfect – There was a circus in town this week, and it took up residence on the House floor. With 84 votes, the Senate passed a much-needed bipartisan humanitarian border bill that the President agreed to sign. In the House, Speaker Pelosi stood in the way of this legislation for weeks and waited until the midnight hour to bring a solution to the floor.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement which would adjust the November 1st harvest date for cover crop on prevent plant acres to September 1st.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) spoke on the House Floor to emphasize the need to move up the November 1st prevent plant date through an administrative fix, if not through legislation. Last week, Johnson introduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act, which would create an emergency waiver authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow producers to graze, hay or chop a cover crop before November 1st in the event of a feed shortage due to excessive moisture, flood or drought.

June 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representative Dusty (R-S.D.) announced that his office is seeking internship applicants for Fall 2019 in his Washington, D.C., Rapid City, Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls offices.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - After U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R - SD) and Angie Craig (D - MN) introduced the Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters (FEEDD) Act earlier this week, local and national support has continued to build for this bipartisan effort to give farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility and help alleviate feed concerns.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to President Trump in support of Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner’s request for a major disaster declaration for the Pine Ridge Reservation following severe winter storms and flooding that occurred March 13 through March 26, 2019.     

June 11, 2019 In The News

McCOOK COUNTY, S.D.  (KELO) - From a wet, muddy calving season to soggy fields, this spring has been anything but easy for farmers and ranchers. Now a new bill could hopefully relieve some of their stress.

U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson and Angie Craig introduced the bipartisan FEEDD Act, which stands for Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act.

June 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-MN-02) introduced the bipartisan Feed Emergency Enhancement During Disasters Act (FEEDD Act). The FEEDD Act will provide farmers and ranchers additional emergency flexibility to help alleviate feed shortages during planting seasons with high levels of prevent plant due to extreme moisture or drought.

June 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Rapid Fielding Defense Capabilities and Risk Assessment Act along with Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.-2) and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA-53).

This legislation will improve the Department of Defense’s (DOD) acquisition processes and lead to refining how a Department capability is developed. In turn, the Department will develop and field capabilities more efficiently, which will enable the Department to deliver a needed capability to the warfighter faster.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Farm and Ranch to School Act, which would amend the National School Lunch Act, Farm to School Program, to include funding to make local livestock and meat procurement for school lunch programs a priority.  

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to President Trump in support of Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R-S.D.) request for a major disaster declaration in South Dakota following severe late-winter storms, high winds, heavy rain, and flooding that began on March 13, 2019.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today urged United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Perdue to provide short-term economic relief to American agriculture producers facing a challenging economic climate.

May 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced Emily Hughes, from Pierre, as the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for South Dakota. Hughes won for her acrylic on vinyl painting, “Koi,” which depicts a swimming koi fish painted on a vinyl record. Hughes is a junior at T.F. Riggs High School. Her art teacher is Jill Kokesh. The artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel, which runs from the U.S. House of Representatives to the U.S. Capitol, along with the winning artwork from other congressional districts for the next year.

May 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced legislation that would designate the United States Postal Service building in Rosebud, South Dakota as the Ben Reifel Post Office Building. Click here for full speech.

April 29, 2019 In The News

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses kill an average of 130 Americans each day.

April 18, 2019 Weekly Column

Many people are familiar with the work I do in D.C., which ensures South Dakota’s voice is heard on a national level about the issues that matter most to our state. However, I believe the most effective work gets done right here at home. I have offices in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, where my staff works every day to help folks who are having issues with the federal government. We call it casework.

April 9, 2019 Weekly Column

An average summer day in South Dakota is 82 degrees. While I am in the state for the August work period, I want to make sure I get face time with as many of you as possible. To help beat the heat and hear from South Dakotans at the same time, I’m making stops at ice cream shops throughout the state to get the “Inside Scoop.” I am always looking for more opportunities to sit down with constituents and have a conversation. What better way than over ice cream? 

 

April 5, 2019 Weekly Column

Every week I travel back and forth from South Dakota to Washington, D.C., to represent our great state. I’m impressed by how many South Dakotans I’ve come across in D.C. over the last few months. Spring has sprung and families and school groups are headed to D.C. for spring break. While my time here has focused on congressional work, I’ve enjoyed exploring some of the historical and cultural experiences D.C. has to offer.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) took part in his first hearing as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee. The hearing focused on the Trump administration’s proposed rule to ensure Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) waivers from work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) are being utilized by areas who truly need them.

April 3, 2019 In The News

South Dakota's lone member for U.S. House of Representatives is backing the Trump administration's plan to add work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The change would require most able-bodied adults to work at least 20 hours. There are a number of exceptions, including special protections for Native American reservations.

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) supports the plan from the USDA. In a Tuesday U.S. House subcommittee hearing, Johnson heard about the potential impacts this change would have.

March 29, 2019 In The News

RAPID CITY — Fourteen years after Ellsworth Air Force Base escaped then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s base closure list, the Air Force just ensured the base’s long-term future.

Wednesday, the Air Force announced that Ellsworth would receive the first operational B-21 bomber and the formal training unit.

Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, will also receive B-21 Raiders as they become available.

March 29, 2019 In The News

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson say they support Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report becoming public.

Although the report found that there was no evidence that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia, there was evidence that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election, Rounds said during a call with the media on Thursday. 

March 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Furthering American Security by Tempering Environmental Regulations Act or the FASTER Act, which would strengthen the Secretary of Homeland Security’s ability to waive environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specifically, this legislation would reinforce U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s capability to expediently secure our nation’s border with a wall.

March 11, 2019 Press Release

PIERRE, S.D. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) announced the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, which puts the artwork of South Dakota students in the nation’s Capitol. The South Dakota Arts Council is now accepting entries on behalf of Rep. Johnson’s office.

March 8, 2019 Press Release

 Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) opposed legislation that would overhaul the election system in the United States and ultimately cost taxpayers billions of dollars. H.R.1 is the first piece of legislation proposed by Democrats in the 116th Congress.

March 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) supported a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry following offensive comments by Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN). This is the second resolution to pass the U.S. House of Representatives following offensive comments made by Rep. Omar.

March 4, 2019 In The News
Representative Johnson says he believes the country is moving “in the right direction” and is looking forward to hearing the President Trump’s remarks.
February 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) voted against two Democrat gun control measures. The two bills proposed by Democrats in the House (H.R.8, H.R.1112) would heavily curb law-abiding citizens’ access to firearms.

February 28, 2019 In The News

Courage and conviction won the day over congressional political pressure in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

South Dakota's lone congressman broke with his party and voted his conscience, ignoring all political calculations.

Rep. Dusty Johnson was one of 13 Republicans — the only one from a massive swath across the middle of the country — to vote with Democrats to block the President's emergency declaration funding a southern border wall.

February 21, 2019 In The News

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Congressman Dusty Johnson took a break from the politics of Washington to make a stop in South Dakota.

He toured Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls Thursday morning before attending a discussion with the Farmer's Business Network.

Johnson said the schedule in Washington is a grind, so it is nice to return to the state and explore the issues facing South Dakotans.

February 21, 2019 In The News
“The job in Congress can be pretty challenging, but I would tell you it is rewarding. There are good things that can get done. You’ve got to work a lot harder than you want to to get them done, but if it’s one thing I understand, it’s hard work,” said Rep. Jonson.
February 20, 2019 In The News
While a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada was signed by President Donald Trump at the end of November, it has yet to be ratified by Congress. That needs to change, said U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., speaking Wednesday at the Aberdeen Ag Expo at the Best Western Ramkota Inn and Convention Center.
February 6, 2019 In The News
"If your boss wants you to text, you text. If she wants you to come in and brief her in person, you brief her in person. One thing I'm increasingly seeing is that my boss, the people of South Dakota, want to have this kind of interaction so I better give it to them," said Johnson.
February 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) issued the following statement tonight in response to President Donald J. Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address.

“I was encouraged by President Trump’s call for unity and bipartisanship during a time where we seem so divided. I came to Congress to find solutions to complex problems, and I truly believe the best solutions arise when we work together.

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today announced his appointment as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations. Rep. Johnson was appointed to this position by Committee Ranking Member Conaway.

January 19, 2019 Weekly Column

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January 11, 2019 Weekly Column

Back in November, I was first struck by the unabashed enthusiasm my colleagues expressed during the office lottery – a relatively mundane process where future members of Congress select their office space in an order depending on a number picked at random. 

January 3, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by the House Speaker on January 3rd, 2019.
January 3, 2019 In The News
An article about the 116th United States Congress.
January 3, 2019 Press Release
The First Session of the 116th U.S. Congress will commence on January 3rd, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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