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US Rep. Noem enjoys visiting SD Legislature

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PIERRE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says she enjoys visiting the South Dakota Legislature where she served before being elected to Congress.

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Noem gave brief speeches Wednesday to the state House and Senate.

South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House says returning to visit the Legislature is like coming back to a miracle. She says South Dakota state government gets things done, while Washington is dysfunctional.

Noem says Congress is poised to pass a new Farm Bill that will protect farmers and ranchers in times of disaster. She says the measure will reauthorize a livestock disaster program that will retroactively help ranchers who lost cattle in last fall's blizzard and those who were hurt by a drought two years ago.

Noem was a member of the South Dakota House in 2007-2010.

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