Senator John Thune says he still hasn’t decided whether to challenge the Curse of Karl Mundt and run next year for a fourth term in the Senate. He tells WNAX that things are so “divided, polarized, and frankly in some ways just crazy” in Washington, D.C., that it can be difficult to keep faith that one can make a difference in Congress.
Gee, John, would you say you let your own urge to divide, polarize, and craze cause you to lose sight of making a difference for Madison and finishing the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System?
Five communities are still waiting to receive water from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.
For Madison and four Iowa towns (Sioux Center, Hull, Sheldon and Sibley), the long wait may only last five more years if the United States House of Representatives votes to pass the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” which passed in the U.S. Senate on Aug. 10. That bill contains $1 billion for rural water projects across the country.
Troy Larson, the Executive Director of the Lewis & Clark water system, said all indications at this time point to the infrastructure bill passing by the end of the year.
“That would be a game-changer in terms of the infrastructure bill,” Larson said. “We’d have enough money to finish the project within five years.”
Larson said the water system alerted all six Senators from South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota about the estimated final $132 million needed to complete the pipeline system [Eric Mayer, “Lewis & Clark Water System Closely Following Infrastructure Bill, Final Federal Funding Needed to Finish Project,” KELO-TV, 2021.08.21].
Gee, John, you used to think that running Missouri River water uphill to Madison was such a good idea that you and your seatmate Senator Mike Rounds worked with Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken to get funding for Lewis and Clark. But this month you voted against this funding for Lewis and Clark and all the other infrastructure projects that will help South Dakota. And while you’ve said nice things about Lewis and Clark when you’ve visited Madison, you and your Republican colleagues have had plenty of opportunities in the past to top off this project, yet for years you and your party have stood in the way of finishing a project for which your constituents are clamoring.
Gee, John, for all your talk of wanting to make a difference, it sounds like you’re the one who’s decided to divide and polarize and cast votes that thirsty folks in Madison would say are just crazy.