While Kristi Noem was adding to the donors and political pals who will run our state for her, she was not voting to avert the Trump shutdown. Her fellow House Republicans passed a dead-end spending resolution yesterday with $5 billion for border insecurity (not to mention insecure manhood). Congresswoman Noem was not there for that important vote, or for any of the other 27 votes cast on the House floor yesterday. Drought Information System, criminal justice reform, reporting on vehicular terrorism, help for victims of child abuse—on top of keeping paychecks flowing to the Secret Service agents watching Trump golf all weekend, none of those things were important enough for Noem to show up for her job.
The House passed about 20 bills yesterday. Funny—maybe Congress actually gets more work done when Kristi isn’t there.
Noem appears to have missed all ten votes on Thursday as well. But she did have time to tour the Capitol Dome… the South Dakota Capitol Dome, with her new senior advisor Tony Venhuizen:
Thanks to working so hard at her upcoming new job, prior to Thursday, Noem was the fourth-most-frequent vote-misser of this lame-duck session.
So while the government careens toward another shutdown, during which decent public servants will be required to show up to protect the public and public assets but won’t get paychecks, Kristi Noem gets to not show up for her job and still draw her salary.