Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that an $800,000 earmark he secured in the Fiscal Year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Bill for the Oglala Sioux Tribe is on its way. The funding will be used to construct an ambulance building in Pine Ridge.
“I am proud to have secured this funding to ensure that the Pine Ridge Indian reservation has the necessary facilities for important medical care,” Johnson said. “The funding from this earmark will help ensure that the medical facilities in Pine Ridge continue to provide services to the area.
Earmarks like this are federal funding secured by members of Congress, enabling them to support high-priority projects in their home states. Each member of Congress' ability to deliver earmarks for their state varies depending on their seniority, committee assignments, and other factors. As South Dakota's senior Senator with a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Johnson is exceptionally well-placed to deliver federal funding for South Dakota's priorities.