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  • Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post- Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy. "There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and...

  • WASHINGTON, May 13- Republican U.S. Senator John Thune said on Wednesday stripping currency manipulation rules out of trade legislation would be a good move and passage of a customs bill would be easier without those rules. "I think that would be great, I think that's kind of a deal-breaker," he told reporters.

  • The Senate could vote on a Trade Promotion Authority bill to speed deals through Congress as early as next week, when Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of Congress. Japan is a key partner in the 12- nation Trans Pacific Partnership, and supporters of a deal say that countries negotiating with Washington want to be sure that concessions...

  • "These vulnerabilities have potential to compromise the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system, which the traveling public relies on each and every day," Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, and Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, wrote to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The FAA has weak controls "intended to prevent, limit,...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends the legislation, which would allow whistleblowers to share in...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends legislation to the floor of the Senate that would allow...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 20- U.S. regulators on Friday slapped Takata Corp with a $14,000 per-day fine for failing to fully cooperate with a probe of its faulty air bags and revealed that a fraction of the 17 million cars recalled because of the problems have been repaired. "As you are well aware, NHTSA has repeatedly engaged Takata and asked for the company's...

  • Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers like Google, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan that would put Internet service...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them. Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC's upcoming new rules. "In terms of legislation, we don't believe...

  • Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, said they have come up with a working proposal and, working with lawmakers from both parties, planned to begin the process of publicly discussing and formally drafting legislation this week. The FCC has been weighing for...

  • The FCC has been weighing for nearly a year what legal standards and rules would be best to govern how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks to make sure they treat all Internet content fairly. Recent indications showed that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was leaning toward regulating ISPs more strictly under a section of the...

  • U.S. gasoline tax hike talk increases in Congress Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 4:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 8- The possibility of a gasoline tax increase to help pay for federal highway improvements was attracting increased attention in the U.S. Congress as a prominent conservative Republican on Thursday said he was willing to consider the move. Senator Orrin Hatch, the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee that oversees tax measures, told...

  • 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. Thune: Union waiver sticks Americans with the bill

    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..