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Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune today issued the below statement following the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education's markup of the FY2007 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, which approved several requests Senator Thune had made on behalf of various South Dakota institutions:

"I am pleased to see the Subcommittee honored a number of requests I made on behalf of a variety of South Dakota educational and health-related initiatives. While it must still be approved by the full Appropriations Committee and then the Senate, this important funding would go directly to improving health care services and educational opportunities for thousands of South Dakotans, with a special focus on our state's underprivileged children and Native Americans, who stand to benefit the most from these programs," Thune said.

"In addition, I will continue to push for increased funding for the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth in the appropriations process. Access to quality rural health care is vital to the people of South Dakota. These health programs serve as the lifeline to individuals throughout underserved counties."

Of Senator Thune's funding requests for South Dakota programs in the FY2007 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, the following were approved in yesterday's subcommittee markup:

  • Health Connections Program: $150,000

    • This funding would be invested in Health Connections, a program that serves girls ages five to 15 who are disadvantaged because of low income, gender prejudice, racial bias or lack of parental guidance in seeking medical care.

  • Rapid City Area School District 51/4: $150,000

    • This funding would be used by Rapid City Area School District 51/4 to build a school-based health clinic.

  • Dakota Wesleyan University: $170,000

    • This funding would be used by the University for archiving Senator McGovern's public papers.