Recent Press Releases

Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune today made the following statement regarding U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns' announcement concerning drought relief:

"I appreciate Secretary Johanns visiting South Dakota to see firsthand the devastating effects of this year's drought. The economic impact of this drought is not only going to severely impact South Dakota ranchers and farmers, but the entire South Dakota economy for years to come, without substantial federal assistance. Any amount of relief is a step in the right direction, but more is needed. I'm hopeful the House of Representatives and the Administration will work together and meet the $3.9 billion drought relief package already passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee."