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Siouxland Women’s U.S. House GOP Nominee Forum

Siouxland Women’s U.S. House GOP Nominee Forum

Hello Readers,

If you want to skim this article then here are the two big points to take away.

1. Neil Tapio and Shantel Krebs are incredibly similar in policy and agree on almost everything policy-wise that was asked this evening. Some crucial differences on the War on Terror and how a Congressperson can bring about change. But that is it.

2. Tapio is a very lovely man and an entirely legitimate candidate. He is so very much more reasonable, and main-stream in his politics than the peoples of the internet have labeled him. You don’t have to agree with him, but he isn’t a monster.

Here are the candidate responses to questions asked as I wrote them in my notes:

Introduce yourself:
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Krebs: Turned the paperwork mess she inherited four years ago, and now it “runs at the speed of business” (I am aware how cheesy that sounds. It was repeated several times tonight)

Pro-President Trump, 4rth generation farm girl. Owned at least two businesses in Sioux Falls.

Wants to reform and make D.C. run things like a business

De-regulation in general. Wants to work on the Agriculture Committee in the House of Representatives.

South Dakota Values! Get Government out of the way of the people.

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Tapio: Small business owner and an entrepreneur. Considers himself entirely politically incorrect.

$700 Billion deficit with a 21 trillion dollar debt. Congress out of control spending.

Wants to end the War on Terror (this is probably the most significant difference between the two)

He was the Trump South Dakota state director early on in the presidential campaign.

Not your typical politician and dramatically desires entitlement reform for things like social security spending for example.

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Question: What to do with the overspending by Congress
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Tapio: We have runaway spending on Social Programs.

The War on Terror is super expensive and is impossible to solve without addressing the Islamic terrorist problem behind it.

A significant problem with these social programs is that they do nothing to solve the breakdown of the family unit.

” We need to fight for Faith, Family, Freedom, and Free Enterprise.”

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Krebs: She agrees with Tapio on much of what he just said, especially on the issue of government reform

As S.D. secretary of state, she uses 0 based budgeting, which is what all businesses have to use.

“Wipe the Budget clean every year.”

She wanted further reductions on the S.D. appropriations budget, and the S.D. legislature wouldn’t give it to her.(actually impressive)

She wants to support President Trump in Congress.

We need to de-regulate for farms and businesses, especially for starting small ones.

The story about how the businesses and farms she talks to can’t get lines of credit due to a bad law like Frank-Dodd.

Congress needs to have oversight over any proposed regulations from the executive bureaucracy.

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Question: What about the Omnibus bill recently passed and the funding for Planned Parenthood
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Krebs: The Omnibus bill is always the wrong approach

Our National Congress needs to reflect better S.D. state Congress which goes through legislation line by line.

Pay raise for the military in the omnibus bill was very good and well needed. But this is the wrong way to go about getting it.

We must ultimately Defund Planned Parenthood.

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Tapio: What can we possibly accomplish going the Krebs way: line upon line

This position is only 1 out of 134 people. Therefore it is impossible to bring about real change following the system.

Commended Trump for his fighting and recognition of Islamic Terrorism.

We have to do the big things right. What are we still doing there? (in the middle east and Syria)

20 years later and we are still fighting in places like Iraq?

There is no bigger supporter of President Trump than Tapio.

The political system as is is incapable of solving these problems (omnibus, the war on terror, etc.)

To bring about real change we need people of courage to take this on.

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Question: Support the wall or not? If so, how do we fund it?
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Tapio: In favor of wall and Mexico should pay for it.

Send Mexico the bill for all the money we spend on its citizens (social programs, money sent out of the nation, etc.)

Wants to be a member of the Freedom Caucus

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Krebs: In favor of the wall, secure borders, extreme vetting, and ending chain migration.

Cap government spending including capping the money spent by government agencies

She disagrees with Tapio on the 1 of 134 comments.

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Question: What about the recent school shooting in Parkland Florida? What do you propose to keep schools safe?
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Krebs: Lifetime Member of the NRA, story about shooting a rattlesnake four times with a shotgun (overkill, but still a funny story)

A strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, In favor of the school sentinel programs.
Wants to make such programs an option to school-boards if they wish to pursue it.

Having an armed police officer at each school is a good idea (included with the Sentinel comments btw)

Increase education for Mental Health Awareness,

The conversation in Congress for trying out Gun Control must stop:
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Tapio: For the Parkland Shooting Evil Idiot (my term for him, won’t aggrandize him by using his real name) there were at least 40 run-ins with law enforcement before the shooting.

30 days prior he said on his Facebook page that he wanted to be a school shooter.

This isn’t a 2nd Amendment problem, but instead a failure by Law Enforcement.

President Obama pushed policy to reduce the number of minorities going to jail irrespective of actual criminal activity.

That policy creates more problems, Basically said you would have shootings with such a plan.

There used to be a STAR academy for people needing help.

Told story about church family friend who had a meth problem as a teenager. In short after begging Law enforcement to do something over and over again, eventually, they consented to take the kid and to get him some rehab and other help.

Fast Forward 6 months later, and the kid was put precisely into that same high school and environment that the kid used to live when he was doing drugs. Thus kids in that situation, of course, are more likely to return to bad behavior.

He wants to fight the Obama system.

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Question: What do you think of the Trump Tariffs and the trade war (my term) with China.
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Krebbs: I appreciate what President Trump is trying to do.

Trump is trying to deal with China and open new markets.

China continually steals our intellectual properties and provides no recourse to fix it.

The story about seeing a truck with a fake version of the Triple M logo, instead says triple N.

She is the only one with an agricultural background and has spent time in China opening up markets for South Dakota agricultural products.

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Tapio: $300 billion trade deficit in the United States. A $500 billion dollar trade imbalance.

Agrees that China steals our I.P.s

China is a currency manipulator plus we have with them a great product to product imbalance.

Trump is treating this issue correctly but taking it head-on.

It’s a terrible situation right now economically, but it has to be done.

Trump is doing Bi-lateral negotiation. And that is also partly why he is pushing renegotiation NAFTA and China.

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Question: Agriculture and the Farm Bill.
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Tapio: He has lots of family in Agriculture, and continuously works with people in agriculture.

So he has a “strong pulse on the Agriculture Community.”

The commodity to dollar ratio is hurting businesses and agriculture.

He remembers when his businesses were hurt by as much as 65% due to this problem.

Dollar policy directly affects agriculture prices.

And there will always be a continual market for protein.

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Krebs: 80% of the Farm Bill is Welfare Assistance, with only 20% addressing agriculture

Reform the Farm Bill

Require work requirements for SNAP and other welfare assistance

Food Security is Bio Security. So we need to have food security.

We need a farm safety net program in case of things like Hale or Drought.

It is impossible for beginning farmers to get loans.

We need a Foot and Mouth vaccination Program, (I”m assuming Cattle)

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Question: Why are you running for Congress?
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Krebs: Feels like the Federal Government is changing and she wants to be a part of that.

Yes, it is possible to change the federal government.

We need to run government like a business and “run government at the speed of business.”
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Tapio: Krebs has done very well as our S.D. Secretary of State

To be a good leader and make the change you need to be able to face the heat

Need to be able to face the issue of Islamist Extremism, which is a civilization level issue.

He is not an Establishment candidate

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Question Was attacking Syria a good idea? When and how do you know it is time to engage with military force?
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Tapio: The nation-states in the Middle East aren’t naturally created states. They tend to be governed by a Shia.

Why should we help the Syrian rebels whose membership mostly came from terrorist organizations such as ISIS?

Once Bashar is gone who gets to replace him, and will they be any better?

He used to believe that nations and people naturally yearn for Democracy and Freedom.

There are some 1.2 billion Muslims, the issue of Syria should be solved by the Muslim nations.

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Krebbs: President Trump used Swift action, and he kept his word regarding a Red Line in Syria.

She supports the Presidents effort in Syria and supports and trusts his choices on this.

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Question from the crowd: Welfare Reform?
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Krebbs: Welfare should include drug testing and work requirements.

There is a big recidivism issue at the heart of Welfare.

Past Administrations put in an incentive for welfare recipients to later return to welfare after they had gotten off it.

The goal should be to get people into jobs. Plus WorkForce Development

Social Security is a train wreck and needs some changes.

Allow states to manage block programs and encourage them to tie work requirements, etc.

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Tapio: Social Security has been abused

Started at about 15 workers to 1 S.S recipient, now we are at less than 3 to 1.

Tells older folks that promises made should be promises kept.

He agrees on Welfare reform. Workforce requirements and encouraging people to work.

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Crowd Question: What about ObamaCare?
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Tapio: Good Health Care and Alternative ideas are impossible to get through the government.

Take that money and put it in the hands of the people.

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Krebbs: Repeal and Replace ObamaCare

Health Care is a huge problem.

When talking to business owners in Sioux Falls, she found that very many of them don’t have health insurance for themselves because of the incredibly expensive cost to do so.

We should let the Free Market work instead of the Government is in charge of it.

We also need to incentivize Health Savings Accounts.

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Last Thing you want to tell us?
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Krebbs: Story about growing up and being taught to work hard and pray often.

Too few people in Congress have any idea or experience running a business or paying payroll.

In the end, she is what her parents made her: A Mom and Pop businesswoman and a Farm Girl

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Tapio: Being a Representative is an overwhelming job. It requires someone to stand and fight.

He will be the same person now as he will be when he comes back to be re-elected.

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BONUS

I waited patiently and tried to get a better answer on the Trump Tariff issue; I just asked what she thought about tariffs in general?

Krebs gave me a real quick sound bite answer about supporting President Trump in his efforts, an obvious repeat talking point.

She came off to me from this sounding over-produced, and a tad slimy. Not willing to engage or answer questions with any honest thought. I know she isn’t trying to sound dishonest, just trying to keep to the safe script. So I recommend taking this how you may.

I should also point out that her speaking and presentation during the forum was excellent.

Tapio was completely different. He talked my ear off for 10 minutes about how what I call protectionist is good for the country, and he calls it supporting Americans. We need to solve this bad consumer trade economy where we are only the consumers and not producers.

He wanted to then talk about Islamic Extremism and Terrorism, asked even asked me about my thoughts on the issue. Though we disagree on several things, he was polite and gave me a great conversation. Best one I had that night.

Also, though Tapio is always depicted screaming, he is a very soft-spoken man. There were Mic problems making sure he could be heard well enough by the audience.

He came off to me less prepared, or at least less ready with the talking point answers.

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Sioux Falls AFL-CIO Endorses Jolene Loetscher for Mayor

Sioux Falls— The Sioux Falls Central Labor Council, the local
branch of the AFL-CIO, has voted to endorse Jolene Loetscher for Mayor of Sioux Falls. The
AFL-CIO is the largest Labor Federation in the United States and maintains over 100 State
Labor Federations and Central Labor Councils across the nation, representing more than 13
million working men and women. Locally, the AFL-CIO maintains a membership of over 30
local labor unions consisting of over 5,000 workers.
The Sioux Falls AFL-CIO believes that, as the city grows; working families must be a
priority. We believe that as new jobs and opportunities come to our city, livable wages and good
benefits must follow. We believe that everyday working people deserve a champion in City
Hall. We believe that Jolene Loetscher will be that champion. In response to the endorsement
Jolene says “I am grateful to receive the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, I believe it speaks to
my personal belief, as a business owner and leader, that the people of Sioux Falls’ are our
greatest resource and the most valuable part of growing our economy. Ensuring safe
working conditions, adequate wages, and a high quality of life is key to the success of our
community.” Jolene has shown an unwavering commitment to enriching the lives of everyday
working people. We believe she will be a tireless fighter for good benefits, living wages, and for working
people as a whole. We encourage all working people and those who seek to build a city
in which we all benefit, to vote for Jolene Loetscher for Mayor on May 1st.
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Sutton Donation to Help LifeScape Children Experience Rodeo

SIOUX FALLS – On Wednesday, Billie Sutton donated over $1,200 to LifeScape Children’s Services in Sioux Falls. The money will help fund an annual trip children with disabilities take to experience first-hand the excitement of rodeo at the Winner Elks Rodeo in July. A former professional rodeo standout, Sutton was excited to help provide the children this unique opportunity to learn about and enjoy the great sport of rodeo right here in South Dakota.

On Wednesday, Sutton said:

“With rodeo, that’s a sport that you’re guaranteed to get knocked down. But you have to keep fighting and get up and move forward, and these kids are my heroes in that. They face challenges everyday that I can’t fathom.” KDLT News

For the past 49 years, the Winner Elks Rodeo has served as a benefit for the LifeScape Children’s Services.  The funds have helped to expand their outreach capacities to serve more children in rural South Dakota.

Sutton’s donation is made up of small campaign contributions that were made anonymously. The campaign is unable to accept contributions from unidentified donors according to state law, and Sutton couldn’t have thought of a better cause to provide these funds to than a program that supports his passions for rodeo and helping kids facing some of life’s toughest challenges.

LifeScape is an independent, non-profit organization, serving adults and children in Sioux Falls with an additional center in Rapid City providing therapy and psychological services for children.

Billie Sutton is a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, State Senator, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor.

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Sioux Empire Podcast 104 Normal SD Spring Weather with Jason Folkerts

It’s blizzarding with hail and lighting right now.  Might be a good time to stay in and listen to this week’s episode of The Sioux Empire Podcast.  Lone snowpocalypse surviving cast member Robert Mehling talks with Jason Folkerts, Director Exhibitions, and Collections at the Washington Pavilion.  They talk about all the exciting things happening at the pavilion and in the Sioux Falls art scene in general. But first, Robert delivers election results, criticizes the no booze at West Mall 7 vote, and presents his supercut of the funniest moments from the Mark Zuckerberg Facebook breach testimony at Congress.  This episode is sponsored by Macabre Grimoire Podcast. Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world.  Coming May 1st! Learn more at MacabreGrimoire.com. The Sioux Empire Podcast is beginning to think putting away the snow shovel last week was a poor life choice.

Please help support The Sioux Empire Podcast and the work we do to bring you local content.

https://www.patreon.com/SiouxFalls

Map worth a thousand words

https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2018/04/11/analysis-sioux-falls-central-district-voters-tenhakens-weak-link/508000002/

No booze in theaters

https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2018/04/03/city-council-says-no-beer-and-wine-west-mall-7-sioux-falls-movie-theater/484525002/

Interview Jason Folkerts, Director Exhibitions and Collections at the Washington Pavilion

https://www.jasonfolkerts.com/

https://www.washingtonpavilion.org/

http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Local-artist-sketching-piece-for-24-hours-in-downtown-Sioux-Falls-433206863.html

https://www.thesiouxempire.com/serve-sioux-falls-24-hour-sketch-a-city-event/

Liz Miller

https://www.lizmiller.com/

Arc of Dreams

https://siouxfallsarcofdreams.org/

Siouxpercon

http://www.siouxpercon.com/

Sioux Empire Film Festival

https://www.siouxempirefilmfestival.com/

Macabre Grimoire Podcast

https://www.thesiouxempire.com/category/macabregrimoire/

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Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner is now a pot dealer

John Boehner’s eyes will be bleary, liquid and reddened for another reason, henceforth: he’s got a job as a marijuana industry spokesman.

I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.

I’m certainly looking forward to high John Boehner tweets, but let’s not forget that he and his party spent decades using drug policy to marginalize, incarcerate and politically neuter minorities. He’s woke for money, not justice.

https://boingboing.net/2018/04/11/former-gop-house-speaker-john.html/amp

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South DaCola Podcast Ep 016 Sioux Falls City Election 2018 Predictions

South DaCola Podcast Ep 016 City Election 2018 Predictions

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Special Guests:  Joe Sneve, local government watchdog reporter for Argus Leader Media, watches how your tax dollars are spent and how the rules that govern your life are made.  

https://www.argusleader.com/staff/13171/joe-sneve/

Bruce Danielson aka “Cameraman Bruce” local activist with Sioux Falls Citizens for Integrity.

https://www.youtube.com/c/detroitlewis/featured

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

Tags and Topics

Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Joe Sneve, Sioux Falls, City Council, Mike Huether, City Employees, community, Tax Revenue, Transparency, Bruce Danielson, Kenny Anderson Jr., Jim Entenman, Greg Jamison, Jolene Loetscher, Paul TenHaken, Mike Gunn, Janet Brekke, John Paulson, Nick Weiland, Christine Erickson, Thor Bardon, Zach DeBoer, Tom Hurlbert, Curt Soehl, Graphic Design, Campaign Signs, West Mall 7 Theater, Joe Sneve, Argus Leader

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A Letter from Peter Vaughn Pischke

Hello, again Sioux Falls,

I appreciate the support that many citizens, students, families, and even school district staff have put to my candidacy.

I’m honored to be able to speak with you and discuss your concerns regarding the Sioux Falls School District.

I really want to serve our students, staff, and families by sitting on the School Board. I want to help students struggling with mental health problems to receive the care they need. I want our school board meetings to have more public input and town hall meetings where concerns and questions of families and staff can be heard.

I want our schools to be full of positive and fantastic learning experiences because of the hard work of fantastic teachers!

If you are tired of the school district not listening to the public or spending money without your permission then I’m the guy for you.

Please vote Pischke for Sioux Falls School Board!

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Senator Billie Sutton Shows Record of Consistent Common Sense Over 8 Years in the State Senate

BURKE–– This week, Senator Sutton released “Consistent Common Sense: From the Senate to South Dakota’s Highest Office,” a document outlining his legislative priorities over his eight years in the South Dakota State Senate.

Senator Sutton said, “I’ve talked to folks all over the state, and having a government they can trust, a good economy, strong schools, and access to healthcare are as important to them as ever. I’m proud of the work I’ve accomplished in the Senate and look forward to continuing to build a stronger South Dakota for all of us.”

Sutton summarized his accomplishments, proposals, and major efforts into four categories:

Government Integrity: Sutton has worked tirelessly to ensure our government is one South Dakotans can trust. South Dakota ranked 47th and received an F rating when the Center for Public Integrity graded the integrity of our state government, but Senator Sutton has introduced several measures to begin to remedy South Dakota’s accountability and transparency problems.

Economic and Workforce Development: Another of Sutton’s focuses has been making sure South Dakota is doing all we can as a state to invest in our people and attract good jobs for South Dakota families. He’s made his top priorities clear with plans for career and training programs, affordable housing, and smart economic investments.

Education: One of the first issues to draw Senator Sutton into public service was education, and it’s always been an issue he cares deeply about. He served on the Blue Ribbon Task-Force to get teachers’ pay more competitive in the region and has worked to study the need for early childhood education in the state.

Healthcare: Access to healthcare continues to be a concentration of Sutton’s, and he’s worked over the years to keep rural hospitals open, support our nursing homes, and attract healthcare professionals to work here.

Learn more about Senator Sutton’s record by reviewing the “Consistent Common Sense: From the Senate to South Dakota’s Highest Office” document found here: www.suttonforsd.com/senator-suttons-track-record

Billie Sutton

Billie Sutton

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Reggie Rhoden “Small town uninformed plebs”

Reggie Rhoden, spawn of Larry Rhoden, would just like to remind you that the most corrupt legislature in America and their trust fund babies think people who live in South Dakota’s small towns are plebs.

Don’t worry rural South Dakota, little Reggie is here to tell you how stupid you are and to protect you from yourself.

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A Race We Can and Should Win By Sen. John Thune

By Sen. John Thune 

The United States has experienced numerous technological revolutions throughout its relatively short history that have been so monumental that life as Americans knew it would never be the same. Henry Ford made automobiles and the assembly line a reality. Scientists helped American astronauts take “one giant leap for mankind.” And U.S. innovators and academics played a pivotal role in making the internet as integral to our day-to-day lives as it is today.

It was Americans’ desire to ask “what’s next?” that led to each of these technological revolutions in the past, and it’s already leading to those of the future. An easy example of this is the evolution in how we’ve consumed media over the last century and the technology that has allowed us to do it. We had books and newspapers, then radio and television, then color television, then VHS and VCRs, then DVDs and Blu-ray, and now with a few quick clicks, you can watch a movie from a wireless tablet on a chair in your backyard or on an internet-connected airplane at 30,000 feet.

When it comes to mobile broadband technology, in particular, of which media consumption is only one small part, I believe American innovators and entrepreneurs are at the doorstep of another “what’s next?” moment. I’m hopeful that lawmakers in Washington can help these new American pioneers cross the finish line faster and more efficiently, because if we don’t win this race, another country will.

In early 2016, I introduced the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act, bipartisan legislation that would lay critical groundwork for the next generation in wireless broadband technology. At the time, I said the MOBILE NOW Act would be our passport to a 5G future of gigabit wireless connectivity, and I believe it now more than ever.

While the Senate Commerce Committee, which I chair, easily approved this common-sense legislation a few months later, it unfortunately didn’t make it to the Senate floor before the end of the year. We were close, though, which is why I reintroduced the bill on the very first day of the 115th Congress in 2017. Our hard work and persistence paid off. The committee passed it again, and, as part of a larger legislative package, so did the full House and Senate. Our multi-year effort culminated with the president recently signing it into law.

Now that it’s the law of the land, I hope we can move quickly to cut unnecessary and overly burdensome red tape so U.S. innovators can continue to move the ball down the field. By deploying newer, modernized infrastructure, like small cell technology, and making more of it available for broadband, including inefficiently used government spectrum, the airwaves over which mobile communications travel, we can achieve these goals.

My hope is that as this new technological revolution continues to take shape, states like South Dakota can play a leading role in making it a reality. Some might say, “why South Dakota?” And to them, I say, why not? It’s within reach.

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