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John Thune

  • 5 things to know on SD pieces in fed spending plan Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— The massive $1.1 trillion federal spending bill under debate in Washington contains key provisions that benefit the state, members of South Dakota's congressional delegation said Wednesday. Included in the 1,603- page omnibus spending bill, which funds nearly every government agency and contains dozens of policy provisions, is water project...

  • Spending bill delays protections for sage grouse Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Montana— A legislative rider in Congress' $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that's been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The bill also delays protections for the related Gunnison sage grouse of Utah and Colorado and for two subspecies of greater sage grouse in Washington, Nevada...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Two U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation on Thursday to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said. The bill, sponsored by Republican John Thune and Democrat Bill Nelson, "is intended to incentivize whistleblowers from the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. Senate Democrats expanded the ranks of their party leadership on Thursday to include Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leader of the party's liberal wing and a possible presidential contender in 2016.. Democrats, who lost control of the Senate in last week's midterm elections, created a new post for Warren as a strategic policy adviser to help...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The following are written statements issued in response to President Obama' s comments on Monday pressuring the federal communications regulator to adopt Internet traffic rules that would treat Internet providers more like public utilities. Moreover, if the government were going to make such a momentous decision as regulating the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 8- The head of Delphi Automotive Plc, maker of ignition switches linked to at least 16 fatal car crashes, is expected to face intensive questioning next week from a U.S. Senate panel investigating General Motors Co' handling of the issue.

  • Is the minimum wage fair? Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    Protestors in favor of increasing the minimum wage, March 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

    The federal minimum wage has been below what it should be to keep a family afloat. Should it be raised and how much?

  • Sen. John Thune, (R-SD), discusses the latest Obamacare change that says many union health plans will be exempt from Obamacare's reinsurance fee, forcing everyone else to pay extra to cover unions.

  • Sioux Falls braces for crowds at McGovern services Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's largest city is welcoming political figures, family and friends in town to mark the life and career of former Democratic U.S. senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, a legend in state's political history who died Sunday at age 90..