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Noem votes for budget deal


Washington, DC (KELO-AM) South Dakota's Kristi Noem joined most other House Republicans to overwhelmingly approve the two-year federal budget plan Thursday evening.

Noem says she voted for the deal so Congress would not have to keep moving from one spending crisis to the next. The plan would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years.  Also, Noem says the deal prevents automatic cuts to the military which she believes would be too deep.

The deal worked out by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray passed on a 332-94 vote.

The Senate is expected to approve it next week in a very close vote. South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson supports it, while Republican John Thune says he has problems with the deal.

The bi-partisan plan has been the target of withering criticism by Tea Party and other conservative groups, and on many radio talk shows.