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John Thune's Public Statements

Office: U.S. Senate (SD) - Sr, Republican Majority Conference Chair
Date Title
May 24, 2018 Thune Introduces Bill to Prioritize H-2B Visa Allocation to Low Unemployment States
May 24, 2018 Tweet - "I introduced legislation that would prioritize H-2B visa allocation to states with the lowest unemployment rates, which, in turn, would benefit states like South Dakota that need a supplemental workforce, especially during peak tourism season."
May 23, 2018 Tweet - "The VA Mission Act, legislation that significantly reforms the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care delivery system, just passed the Senate. Read my statement -->"
May 23, 2018 Tweet - "Yesterday @SenateCommerce passed two bills that would assist in the fight against the opioid crisis, and I also joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation that would increase access to substance use disorder treatments."
May 23, 2018 After Hearing Constituents' Concerns, Thune Introduces Legislation to Improve Accuracy of U.S. Drought Monitor
May 23, 2018 Tweet - "After hearing concerns from farmers and ranchers in S.D., I introduced legislation that would improve precipitation monitoring and increase the accuracy of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which is used to trigger @USDA livestock disaster and insurance programs."
May 23, 2018 Thune Statement on Passage of VA MISSION Act
May 22, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, the Hon. Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce, and the Hon. Robert Lighthizer, US Trade Representative - Safeguard Critical Military and Dual-Use Technology from China
May 22, 2018 Thune, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bills to Target Substance Use Disorder
May 21, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Robert Lighthizer, US Trade Representative - Work Closely with Members of Congress to Ensure NAFTA has the Congressional Support Necessary to be Enacted into Law as Negotiations on the Agreement Near Conclusion
May 18, 2018 Service and Sacrifice
May 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Raymond Martinez, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - More Hours of Service Flexibility, Again Raises Concerns of Ag and Livestock Haulers
May 17, 2018 Thune Statement on Confirmation of Gina Haspel for CIA Director
May 16, 2018 Tweet - "It's time to set aside fear mongering and get to a work on a bipartisan, legislative solution to preserve #NetNeutrality. Read more in my column -->"
May 16, 2018 Tweet - "I hope Senate Democrats join us in confirming Acting CIA Director Gina Haspel, the first woman nominated to lead the CIA and one of the most qualified nominees in the history of the agency."
May 16, 2018 Thune-Rounds-Enzi Bill to Double Size of Black Hills Veterans Cemetery Heads to President
May 16, 2018 Tweet - "Glad to see my bill that will double the size of the Black Hills National Cemetery and help honor our veterans for generations to come will finally head to the president for his signature."
May 16, 2018 Providing for Congressional Disapproval of A Rule Submitted By the Federal Communications Commission
May 15, 2018 Thune Greets South Dakota Veterans at D.C. War Memorials
May 15, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Manchin Urges FCC to Expand and Improve Accessibility to Broadband Services to Rural Communities
May 15, 2018 Tweet - "Humbled to meet with WWII, Korea, and Vietnam #veterans who traveled from South Dakota to D.C. with the Midwest #HonorFlight program. God bless our veterans. #GreatestGeneration"
May 15, 2018 Executive Calendar
May 15, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative - Cantwell, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Stand Up for American Cheese Producers
May 14, 2018 Tweet - "Today marks a special milestone in the United States' relationship with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East, as we relocate our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel."
May 14, 2018 Tweet - "Grateful for the service of our men and women in law enforcement who make sacrifices to protect us every day. #NationalPoliceWeek"
May 10, 2018 CNBC - I Support 'Net Neutrality.' Let's Not Let 'political Theater' Ruin a Bipartisan Deal
May 9, 2018 Executive Session
May 9, 2018 Thune on the Importance of Bipartisan Net Neutrality Legislation
May 7, 2018 Tweet - "This week we celebrate one of South Dakota's top industries -- tourism. Last year, South Dakotans welcomed nearly 14 million visitors to our great state. #NationalTravelandTourismWeek"
May 4, 2018 Tweet - "Thanks to everyone who came out to the @sfairport to discuss the FAA bill and the future of aviation. As chairman of @SenateCommerce, which oversees the FAA, I appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from industry stakeholders and local leaders."
May 4, 2018 Ellsworth Only Getting Stronger
May 4, 2018 Tweet - "Thune is also emphasizing the Soil Health and Income Protection Program, or SHIPP, a newer, shorter-term program that could be an alternative to CRP, which isn't an option for many farmers." More info on my proposal here --> https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=FD8E0720-1AFC-4329-9359-9DCF5290522D … #ThuneFarmBill"
May 4, 2018 America's Growing Economy: Adds 164,000 Jobs in April and Unemployment at 3.9 Percent
May 4, 2018 Tweet - "The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in nearly two decades, and hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created in just the few short months after the #TaxCutsAndJobsAct became law. This is great news for American workers."
May 2, 2018 Thune Statement on B-21 Announcement for Ellsworth Air Force Base
May 2, 2018 Tweet - ".@28thBombWing has been selected as one of three candidates for B-21 bases in the country. I'm proud that S.D. will continue to host this strike capability in support of our national defense strategy, and the airmen who support it, for decades to come."
May 1, 2018 Tweet - "It's #SmallBusinessWeek, which means we're celebrating the storefronts that line Main Streets across the nation for their many contributions to our communities. And in the months after #TaxReform, small business optimism is at a record high -- good news for workers and consumers."
April 30, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Reaffirm No Federal Funding For Abortion
April 30, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Scott Pruitt, Administrator, EPA - Push for Year-Round Waiver for E-15
April 27, 2018 Tweet - "My resolution that declares April as National Safe Digging Month passed the Senate last night. You should always #KnowWhatsBelow, and #Call811 before digging in your yard, even if it's a small dig. This easy step could help prevent serious injuries and save lives."
April 27, 2018 Obstruction for the Sake of Obstruction
April 26, 2018 https://www.banking.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Brown%20Statement%204-12-18.pdf
April 26, 2018 Thune Votes to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State
April 26, 2018 Tweet - "Mike Pompeo is beyond qualified to serve as our nation's top diplomat, and I'm glad the Senate voted to confirm him as our next secretary of state."
April 25, 2018 Thune, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program
April 25, 2018 Republicans Report on New Tax Law's Benefits at Finance Committee Hearing
April 25, 2018 Tweet - "Read about my tenth #ThuneFarmBill proposal that would make much-needed improvements to the Agriculture Risk Coverage program to help improve its safety net potential for S.D. farmers."
April 24, 2018 Executive Session
April 24, 2018 Following Thune's Request, USDA Will Provide More Adequate and Timely Livestock Assistance for Ranchers Affected by Recent Storms
April 24, 2018 Tweet - "Since #TaxReform became law, over 500 companies have announced investments in their employees. We're seeing positive outcomes at a local level, too. In S.D., @bank_great, @AaLadinClean, and @bhenergy have announced benefits for employees and customers thanks to the new tax law."
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