PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) U.S. Representative Kristi Noem held a town hall meeting in Pierre yesterday; speaking on a variety of topics and answering questions posed by the audience. Noem stopped at Capital University Center in Pierre. Organizers estimate that about 40 people were on hand for the meeting which lasted more than one hour. The stop was one of a handful in the state for Noem within the past week and she used a powerpoint presentation to discuss topics like the fiscal cliff, the nation’s debt, reform of programs like social security, and automatic across-the-board spending cuts which are scheduled to take effect on March 1.
The audience posed questions on immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline, the Farm Bill and the Corps of Engineers’ management of the Missouri River. After the meeting, Noem said she has been hearing a lot in her office lately on the topic of gun control.
Noem said she had 1,400 pieces of correspondence on gun control alone in recent weeks. Noem told meeting-goers that constituents should contact the congressional delegation when they are frustrated or have a strong opinion about various issues.
Noem expressed concern about the across the board cuts coming if something isn’t done in the next few weeks. She said 50% of the $1.2 trillion dollars in cuts that will go into effect March 1 will come from the Department of Defense, which will damage the agency.
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