John Thune

United States Senator

S.D. lawmakers: Take diplomatic actions against Russia, not military measures

March 7th 2014

From Argus Leader

WASHINGTON — South Dakota lawmakers said Wednesday the United States should use diplomatic and economic tools at its disposal to censure Russia for its incursion into the Crimea region of Ukraine, but they stopped short of backing military action.

“There are a number of economic and diplomatic tools that we can use to make Russia’s actions very costly for Vladimir Putin and the Russian elites in that country,” Sen. John Thune told reporters.

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Stop treating the symptom, start treating the problem

March 7th 2014

From Rapid City Journal

Congress has a bad habit of passing legislation that treats the symptoms of our problems rather than the problems themselves. From reauthorizing emergency jobless benefits, to expanding Medicaid, too often the quick fix is the wrong approach, and taking the easy way out merely leads us further from addressing the cause of our problems.

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South Dakota’s Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Ukraine

March 7th 2014

From KELOLAND

A diplomatic solution is in the works in Ukraine where top Russian and Western officials are trying to defuse the crisis over Crimea. South Dakota's Congressional delegation is hopeful something can be done to avoid a new global conflict.

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Thune attacks Obama budget

March 5th 2014

From KELO AM FM

Washington, DC (KELO-AM) Predictably, South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune is blasting President Obama's 2015 budget proposal.

Senator Thune says the budget panders to Obama's political base and explodes the size of the federal government. He also says it contains a number of concerns for South Dakota, from creating a backdoor energy tax, to calling for National Guard cuts, to failing to move the Lewis and Clark water project forward.

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Thune: ObamaCare creates disincentives to work

March 3rd 2014

From Rapid City Journal

In January, we added a mere 113,000 jobs to the U.S. economy and the labor force participation rate reached a 35-year low, the lowest level since Jimmy Carter occupied the White House. CBS News reported in February that the economy would have to gain an average of 285,000 jobs per month for the next three years just to get us back to where we were before the recession. Yet job creation for the past year hasn’t even come close to reaching that goal.

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