Congress is out of session for the week, but Senator John Thune stayed busy visiting Spearfish for a town hall style meeting.
During the meeting Thune spoke about our country's finances and our current fiscal and economic situation.
Thune says that the fiscal cliff legislation, which passed on the first of the year is now taking effect. He says we have to now worry about budget cuts across the board, known as the Sequester Cuts that take place on March first unless Washington can work out a deal.
People came out by the hundreds, Something Thune says is due to the interest people have in what's happening at the federal level.
"A lot of it is frustration; people want to see things get done. They see the gridlock and paralysis that exists in Washington today, and I think that's a frustration and it should be. So we have to figure out the right thing for America and how to move our country forward," says Thune.
And just as town hall suggests, people were able to ask the Senator questions on their concern about our nation's woes.
"This nation has a lot of problems and I believe that we can only solve them under the umbrella of strength. And I would like to know what the mind set is in Washington to fixing that strength problem that it seems that we have," says Ron Edstrom of Spearfish.
Thune also talked about policies that would expand the economy and grow jobs.