Weekly Columns

July 16, 2021 Weekly Column

In Congress, hardly anything is perfect. But just because it’s not perfect, doesn’t mean there’s not progress.

This past week we made progress for South Dakota.

The first comes following the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) decision to walk back plans to change the city status of Rapid City.

July 9, 2021 Weekly Column

Crime is on the rise across America.

Since the beginning of 2021, cities have faced surging levels of violence. The most staggering statistics have emerged in Portland, where homicides and shootings have jumped by a disturbing 533% and 126% respectively, compared to 2020.

Rates are not likely to slow either, as summer is known to be the most violent time of year.

July 2, 2021 Weekly Column

Identifying bills to cosponsor, writing memos on proposed legislation, answering constituent calls, and compiling news stories – this is a day in the life of an intern in my Congressional office.

June 25, 2021 Weekly Column

Earlier this month marked the 32nd anniversary of Tiananmen Square, a tragic day in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forced the silence of thousands of pro-democracy activists and killed hundreds.

Unfortunately, no Chinese citizen will find mention of that day in their history books. That’s because the CCP continues its suppression of democratic values.       

June 18, 2021 Weekly Column

This week, President Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. Stakes were high leading into the summit as U.S.-Russian relations have reached a low point.

June 11, 2021 Weekly Column

On Monday, I sat down with the South Dakota Corn & South Dakota Soybean Associations in Valley Springs. For over an hour, I heard directly from producers on concerns they have, the challenges of the last four years, as well as the emerging opportunities. From workforce to trade to farm programs, there was a common goal amongst both groups: greater predictability. 

June 4, 2021 Weekly Column

June is National Dairy Month, and in South Dakota we have a lot to celebrate.

Over the last three years, milk production has grown 35% in South Dakota. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, total cheese production in South Dakota increased 16% in a year when many states were not as fortunate.

May 28, 2021 Weekly Column

As COVID-19 cases are on the decline and more countries open up for summer travel, Americans are starting to pack their bags and get on the road.

According to TSA, nearly two million people went through airport security on May 23rd – that’s the highest number of air travelers TSA has seen since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

May 21, 2021 Weekly Column

On the last Monday of every May, our nation pays special tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

May 14, 2021 Weekly Column

More than 36% of all Americans are fully vaccinated. Our nation is on track to get back to “normal.”