U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) offered the following statement after voting with a bipartisan majority for the Budget Control Act which would cut spending and avoid default:
"From the time when I took office in January I have consistently said that in order for me to support any plan to raise the debt ceiling, Congress would have to make real spending cuts of the same magnitude, fundamentally alter the way Washington spends our hard-earned dollars and hold the line against any tax increases. This bill isn't the one I would have drafted but it meets these objectives.
"Republicans only control one-half of one-third of our government but due in large part to the newly elected freshmen class, we have fundamentally changed the course of our fiscal debate. If the freshmen weren't here we would be debating tax hikes and a second so-called "stimulus," instead, we're making historic cuts, real reforms and avoiding default.
"The possibility of deep defense cuts is concerning to me but they won't be necessary if Washington rightly prioritizes our spending and cuts waste and ineffective programs elsewhere."