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South Dakota’s congressional delegation are supporting President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The president announced Tuesday the US would reinstate sanctions that were lifted under the deal.

Representative Kristi Noem is praising the president’s decision. She says the Obama-era deal was poorly negotiated and failed to permanently stop Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities. She says the country should have walked away from the agreement from the start. She says she’s proud the president was “bold enough to do so.”

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A new White House nominee to head the Veterans Administration means uncertainty for the future of the Hot Springs facility.

That decision could be left up to Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, who would be the third VA secretary to consider what happens.

For South Dakota’s congressional delegation, that means re-educating officials on why that facility is important for the health system and the southern hills.

It’s safe to say local veterans and the state’s congressional delegation weren’t impressed with former-VA secretary David Shulkin.

South Dakota US Senator John Thune says he’s concerned by a Chinese announcement of placing a steep tariff on $50 billion dollars of U.S. imports.

That includes a tariff on soybeans. The South Dakota Soybean Association says China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports, roughly 30 percent of overall production.

The announcement comes after President Donald Trump’s call on Tuesday for tariff’s on Chinese goods.

Thune says he understands the president’s desire for more reciprocal treatment.

Thune Optimistic Tax Reform Will Spur Economy Forward

Nov 14, 2017
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South Dakota US Senator John Thune hopes the Senate Republican tax reform proposal will make it out of the finance committee by the end of this week.

Republicans in both the US House and Senate are leading the charge in overhauling the country’s tax code. They say it’s the largest overhaul in 30 years.

Others aren’t convinced it will help the economy.

Congressional Republicans maintain that growth in the economy brought about as a result of these tax cuts will make up for any lost revenue.

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In The Moment ... July 25, 2017 Show 141 Hour 2

Today marks a landmark vote in the Senate regarding health insurance in America. This morning we caught up with Senator John Thune for details on what exactly today's procedural vote means and what happens in the days ahead.

South Dakota’s three members of congress say they support President Donald Trump’s temporarily suspend refugees from entering the country.
 
They say safety and a better vetting process are cause for the ban…
 
Congresswoman Kristi Noem says her first priority is the security of the American people. She says she’s concerned about the screening process for refugees, especially, she says, from terrorist hotbed areas.
 
Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds echo concerns about the vetting process.
 

Thune And Rounds Outline Upcoming Congressional Session

Nov 17, 2016

South Dakota’s congressional leadership is back in Washington D.C. following a recess during the campaign season.

Earlier this week Senator John Thune was re-elected as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.  This puts Thune in the top three of the Republican leadership.

Thune says the GOP has a chance to deliver on Republican promises of economic and national security.

Thune says many concerns expressed by state residents sync up with what the new congress and President-elect Donald Trump want to accomplish.

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UPDATE: Black Hills National Forest Service supervisor Mark Van Every issued the following statement in regards to earlier claims the state never reached out to the forest service about Spearfish Canyon.

Thune and Williams Face Off In SDPB Television Forum

Oct 13, 2016
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U.S. Senate hopeful Democrat Jay Williams and incumbent Republican Senator John Thune met on SDPB TV to discuss various issues impacting the country.

During the Forum , the candidates discussed the economy, ISIS, and social security.

Republican US Senator John Thune and Democratic candidate Jay Williams faced off for the first time in the 2016 election season last night.

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Oct 12, 2016

Two of South Dakota’s top Republican lawmakers are calling on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to drop out of the race… but technically it’s too late for that in South Dakota.

The state’s ballots have been printed and early voting already started last month.

Over the weekend Senator John Thune and Governor Dennis Daugaard called on presidential candidate Donald Trump to exit the presidential race. However both indicate they will vote for the GOP candidate over democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Some South Dakota Agriculture industry leaders say federal reforms are increasing the efficiency and transparency of the railroad system.  They say the 2015 reforms help streamline rail freight regulations.

U.S. Senator John Thune held a hearing in Sioux Falls August 11th to listen to area businesses leaders and board members.

State leaders in Ag all voiced support of U.S. Senator John Thune’s Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.

The Future Of Technology And Social Media At Rio

Aug 5, 2016

Senator John Thune discussed the future of technology this week.  It's predicted that in 2020 there will be 50-200 million mobile devices in the world.

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" also visited about the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner, social media rules at the summer Olympic games, how researchers have fooled Tesla's autopilot system, and Jeep hackers.

Osborne, Amos Aesoph and Joel Broveleit discussed other issues and took questions during the program.

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Two U.S. Senate candidates in South Dakota are calling for reforms to the state’s EB-5 program.

The program allows foreign investors who invest at least half a million dollars in businesses in the states to get fast tracked for an American visa.   

It’s hard to find many issues opposing candidates for U.S. Senate agree on, but both Senator John Thune and democratic candidate Jay Williams say the Federal EB-5 program needs reform.

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U.S. Senator John Thune says he’s focusing on economic security this election. The incumbent senator faces challenger Jay Williams in November.
 
Last week Thune made a stop in Rapid City at the Black Hills Forum and Press Club. He says the U.S. economy is not in a good place.

Lori Walsh speaks with U.S. Senator John Thune. Senator Thune is in Rapid City tomorrow for a Senate Indian Affairs Committee Field Hearing. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to preview the event and talk about the crisis within IHS, as well as the IHS Accountability Act and other key pieces of legislation.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Dana Ferguson is a watchdog state government and political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. This week the Dakota Political Junkies weigh the influence of the Tom Daschle endorsement of Hillary Clinton. We also talk about more trouble in IHS and how Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem are addressing it and how state Democrats are using IHS woes as political fodder during an election year.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies On Sanders

May 11, 2016

South Dakotans are about to feel the Bern. Bernie Sanders is heading to the state to continue his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination. The Dakota Political Junkies talk about Sanders, superdelegates, Jay Williams, and the TMZ ambush of Senator John Thune.

The Dakota Political Junkies are a panel comprised of top political reporters in the state. This week we are joined by Denise Ross (editor with the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard) and Seth Tupper (enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal).

Dakota Digest for December 4, 2015

Dec 4, 2015
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On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, Senator John Thune wants part of the Affordable Care Act repealed, and the deadline approaches for Medicare Part D. Also, a group of volunteers in Rapid City is dressing up as animated characters to help bring happiness to kids. All of this and more on this week's Dakota Digest.

Dakota Digest for October 23, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

On this week’s edition of Dakota Digest, South Dakota is set to lose its participation in the EB-5 program, and Senator Rounds won’t lobby to keep it. Also this week, Senator Thune hopes President Obama has a change of heart with the National Defense Authorization Act, and a Sioux Falls Roosevelt teacher has won a national award.

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The U.S. House and Senate have passed the latest National Defense Authorization Act. President Obama has said he will veto the measure, but U.S. Senator John Thune says he hopes the House and Senate will override the President’s decision.

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United States Senator John Thune spent part of his Tuesday talking with young professionals in Sioux Falls. The lawmaker first spoke to members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce before the smaller Q&A. People who work in energy, banking, business, and other industries are asking the lawmaker questions and explaining their concerns.

It may be a roundtable discussion, but young professionals in Sioux Falls line a long, rectangular tabletop to ask questions of United States Senator John Thune.

One of South Dakota’s US Senators says he wants provisions in a new education bill that help address suicide among Native American populations. Senator John Thune says he’s introduced two amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act. 

US Senator John Thune says suicide on American Indian Reservations is an epidemic. He says the death rate for Native American youth is four times the national average. 

Three people who represent South Dakota in the nation’s capital are reacting to a US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Thursday six of the nine justices agreed that people are still eligible for insurance subsidies using a federal health insurance exchange. Thirty-four states do not have state-run marketplaces.

As the FCC moves forward with a controversial decision to regulate internet providers in the name of fairness, commissioners must answer to a South Dakotan. In fact all three people who represent the state in Washington D-C say they stand against the agency’s move to expand its power. Yet that doesn’t mean they have the same reason for resistance.

Three members of Congress advocate for the interests of South Dakotans in the nation’s capital, and all three condemn the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to expand its regulatory power to internet service.

United States Senator John Thune says there are provisions he’s been working on in the Funding Package to get into the final spending bill before Congress adjourns for the year. According to Thune, removing lead from hunting ammunition and fishing tackle takes money from South Dakota.

South Dakota is a popular place for hunting and fishing enthusiasts.

United States Senator John Thune says he hopes Congress passes the Defense Authorization Bills before adjourning for the year.

Thune says the bill could affect “Impact Aid” areas across South Dakota that currently receive compensation from the federal government for taxes that are lost because of federal land located within their school districts.
 
Thune says this applies to the state’s military bases, Indian reservations, and federal grasslands.