×

Business John Thune

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a slimmed-down "skinny" repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives. The failures underscored the party's deep divisions on the role of government in helping...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Republican U.S. Senate leaders, struggling to keep a seven-year-old promise to end Obamacare, turned their focus on Wednesday to passing a slimmed-down "skinny" repeal measure that would throw the issue into negotiations with the House of Representatives. The failures underscored the party's deep divisions on the role of government in...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remained unclear which version of the bill senators would vote on. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a pledge to roll back former President Barack Obama's signature...

  • WASHINGTON, July 19- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday approved a sweeping proposal by voice vote to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing driverless car rules. Representative Robert Latta, a Republican who heads the Energy and Commerce Committee...

  • The Republican push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, collapsed in the Senate late on Monday after a tug-of-war between party moderates who wanted to preserve healthcare benefits for lower-income Americans and conservatives who wanted to scale them back. On Tuesday, House Republicans disagreed over the budget...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Friday on fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill dismantling the Obamacare law, but with their retooled healthcare plan drawing fire within the party even one more defection would doom it. Republicans control the Senate by a 52-48 margin and cannot afford to lose more than two from...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Friday on fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill dismantling the Obamacare law, but with their retooled healthcare plan drawing fire within the party even one more defection would doom it. Republicans control the Senate by a 52-48 margin and cannot afford to lose more than two from...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- President Donald Trump turned up the heat on Friday on fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill dismantling the Obamacare law, but with their retooled healthcare plan drawing fire within the party even one more defection would doom it. Republicans control the Senate by a 52-48 margin and cannot afford to lose more than two from...

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), speaks to the media about plans to repeal and replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2017.

    U.S. Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will seek to bring their health-care overhaul to the Senate floor next week after a lengthy intraparty struggle.

  • WASHINGTON, July 11- U.S. Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will seek to bring their healthcare overhaul to the Senate floor next week after a lengthy intraparty struggle, but it remained unclear whether they had the votes to pass the measure or even what form it would finally take. With his reputation as a master strategist on the line, Senate Majority Leader...

  • WASHINGTON, July 11- The top U.S. Senate Republican said on Tuesday he would unveil a revised version of major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump on Thursday and planned for a vote next week but divisions within the party left its prospects unclear. With his reputation as a master strategist on the line, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid...

  • On Thursday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee adopted legislation that includes Federal Aviation Administration reforms, but unlike a House panel, does not spin off air traffic control and leaves it with the FAA. Congress has until Sept. 30 to reauthorize the FAA, but Republican Senator John Thune, chairman of the committee, said the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- The U.S. Congress is divided over whether to privatize the nation's air traffic control system as both chambers advance bills to expand airline passenger protections. On Thursday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee adopted legislation that includes Federal Aviation Administration reforms, but unlike a House...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Transportation Committee on Wednesday proposed legislation to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system and make other aviation changes, but it faces an uncertain future in Congress. The bill would also require the U.S. Transportation Department to clarify regulations for...

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation Committee on Wednesday proposed legislation to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system and make other aviation reforms, but it faces an uncertain future in Congress. The panel plans to consider the bill on Tuesday and the full House will vote in mid-July, said Representative Bill Shuster, a...

  • Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, conduct a news conference after the Senate Policy Luncheons on June 6, 2017.

    U.S. Senate Republicans plan to unveil the text of their draft health-care bill on Thursday.

  • Republican Senator John Thune, who chairs the Commerce Committee, Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the panel, and Senator Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, said in a joint statement that existing federal vehicle regulations written over recent decades did not account for self-driving cars without a human driver behind the wheel. Mitch Bainwol, head of the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 6- The U.S. Congress is working on national self-driving vehicle legislation that could replace state-by state rules and make it easier for automakers to test and deploy the technology, senior U.S. House and Senate lawmakers told Reuters on Tuesday. Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, is also working on a...

  • In a White House meeting, Trump welcomed indications by senior Republicans that the Senate might vote on a healthcare bill in July, before it breaks for the summer. The gathering included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his No. 2, Senator John Cornyn along with House Speaker Paul Ryan and his deputies, Representatives Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise.

  • Senior Republicans suggested the Senate might vote on a healthcare bill in July, before it breaks for the summer. The party's senators will discuss options for the legislation at a weekly policy luncheon on Tuesday, said John Cornyn, the No.2 Republican in the Senate. Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on...