John Thune

GOP Faces Pressure to Slow Tax Bill's Progress in Senate

Click here to get the Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter delivered to your inbox.<p>The Republican leadership in the Senate is full-steam ahead on getting a tax bill passed right after Thanksgiving. But one influential GOP senator, Maine’s Susan Collins, remains skeptical , raising pressure on the …


What to know about the FCC’s upcoming plan to undo its net neutrality rules

With its final meeting of the year less than a month away, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to reveal the latest details of a plan to roll back the government's net neutrality regulations this week. The result could reshape the entire digital ecosystem by giving Internet providers …

Net Neutrality

The Republicans' Anti-Obamacare Tax Cut Bill Is a Huge Gamble

The Senate wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act's mandate, but it's going to spark yet another complicated legislative showdown.<p>A new bid to cripple Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act apparently has legs. It took shape in late October, when conservative members of Congress started pushing …


A quick story from history about the U.S. House seats

PIERRE — Once upon a time, South Dakota had two U.S. House of Representatives seats. They became one in 1982.

South Dakota

John Thune - Sen. Thune: Individual mandate fine falls mainly on people making under $50,000

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Sen. Thune: Individual mandate fine falls mainly on people making under $50,000<br>Senate Republicans’ surprise …

Fact Checking

Tax reform roadblocks emerge in Senate

Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski have been wildcards, avoiding taking a public position on the proposal.<p>Republicans were able to muscle their tax-rewrite plan, through the House exactly two weeks after it was unveiled, but they are already facing far tougher sledding in the Senate.<p>GOP …


Senate Plan For Individual Tax Cuts Could Set Congress On A Collision Course

Senate Republicans would phase out tax cuts for individuals after several years. Critics say they are both setting up future political crises, and hiding the true cost of their tax plan.


Senators' Calls for Ethics Probes Puts Focus on Secretive Panel

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for ethics investigations into two Democratic senators and a Republican candidate is putting a spotlight on a Senate committee that largely operates in secret and doesn’t disclose the results of many of its investigations.<p>On Thursday, a …

U.S. Politics

Trump administration faces backlash from lawmakers on NAFTA

The flurry of actions suggest American lawmakers might enter the fight if President Donald Trump tries to cancel NAFTA<p>WASHINGTON – American lawmakers …

James Lankford

GOP tax plan in trouble after Republican senator says he won’t back it

<i>Follow Thursday’s updates here</i>: House GOP poised to pass its tax bill as Senate plan suffers setbacks<p>The Republican effort to overhaul the tax code suffered serious setbacks Wednesday after a conservative senator unexpectedly said he opposed the Senate plan and a GOP moderate raised major concerns …


Essential Washington

Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington.

South Dakota

Wow: Senate Tax Bill Will Include Obamacare Mandate Repeal

After repeal of the Affordable Care Act fell flat earlier this year, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday the repeal individual mandate …

Conservative View

Scorecard: Where GOP Senators Stand on Roy Moore

Most Republican senators have been quick to distance themselves from Roy Moore since allegations emerged in the <i>Washington Post</i> late last week that he …


Which GOP politicians still support Roy Moore? Who withdrew endorsements?

Roy Moore Plans<p>Bill Cassidy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Roy Blunt, John Thune, Mitch McConnell<p>Mike Lee.jpg<p>Tumultuous day for Republicans Amid criticism of …

Roy Moore

This is your brain on conservatism: Alabama edition.

I’m pretty sure by now everyone and their mother has heard the shocking (hahaha soooo not shocking) allegations about Alabama Asshat Roy Moore’s …


Republicans already had a Roy Moore problem, but it just got way, way worse

<b>(CNN) —</b> Talk privately to any Washington Republican about Roy Moore's Senate candidacy before today and they would tell you that the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court was going to be a major problem given his long record of saying incredibly controversial things.<p>That doesn't even …

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Why the Senate Tax Reform Bill Is a Big Deal for Gig Economy Workers

As I detailed in a <i>Reason</i> feature back in September, the current federal tax code—last updated in 1986, long before Uber, Airbnb, and the rest of the …

Sharing Economy

A Tax Reform Tweak With Big-Time Benefits

A generational opportunity to reform taxes should update the tax code for the next generation economy. Well-meaning legislators should tweak their …

Conservative View

Senate advances Trump pick for No. 3 Transportation post

The Senate on Thursday advanced President Trump’s pick for the No. 3 spot at the Department of Transportation (DOT), despite protests from Northeast …


Republicans know Tuesday's elections had a message. They just don't know what it was.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republicans on Capitol Hill admit Tuesday night's election in Virginia, where Democrats routed GOP candidates up and down the ticket, sent a message they need to pay attention to, but they are divided about what drove the defeat or what their party needs to do ahead of the 2018 …

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McCain Warns GOP Will 'Lose Heavily ... Unless We Get Our Act Together'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) issued a warning to Republicans following the party's dire showing in multiple high-profile elections Tuesday.<p>The Arizona …


Republican senator won’t guarantee middle class families won’t see their taxes go up under GOP plan

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said Thursday during an interview on “CBS This Morning” that he couldn’t guarantee that no middle-class family will see their taxes go up under the Republican tax plan.<p>What did Thune say?<p>The Senate is expected to unveil its own …

Conservative View

What the Senate’s tax bill means for the Bay Area

In what will seem like manna from heaven for Bay Area homebuyers, the Senate version of the Republicans’ high-stakes tax overhaul is set to be …

U.S. Congress

GOP feels pressure to deliver after election rout

Republicans said the results drove home the need to deliver legislative wins.

Jerry Moran

Why Google and Facebook folded on sex-trafficking bill

Silicon Valley folded in a fight over a major anti-trafficking bill after months of mounting pressure from both political parties. The industry …

Sheryl Sandberg

Tax reform must help workers in America's new sharing economy

As the tax writers of the House Ways and Means Committee meet this week to ponder amendments to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, they would be well advised …

Sharing Economy

Senator Thune's New GIG Act May Be Added To GOP Tax Reform

Senator John Thune (R-SC)’s bill easing regulations for independent contractors and freelance workers may be added to the tax reform proposal that is …

Conservative View

The Energy 202: Some Trump environmental picks finally get their day in Congress. Others are still waiting.

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Lawmakers Want Sessions and Kushner to Clear Up Their Russia Testimonies

New revelations suggest that Trump’s son-in-law and attorney general may have been less than forthcoming in their previous trips to the Hill.<p>Pressure …

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