WASHINGTON -- Many Republicans who swept rural Democrats from office are now confronting the reality of a promise to reduce spending: Should it cover the farm subsidies that have brought money and jobs to their districts - and directly benefited some GOP lawmakers or their families?
That's the dilemma facing South Dakota's Rep.-elect Kristi Noem, one of 13 Republicans to defeat Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee Nov. 2. Now she, and other Republicans who focused their campaigns on cutting spending, will have to balance pressure to include farm payments in the budget cuts.
They will face it soon. Congress is expected to begin work on the next five-year farm bill before the 2012 election.