John Thune describes plan as US Senate Majority Whip

Claims legislative productivity depends on House Democrats

RAPID CITY S.D. – South Dakota’s John Thune made his first visit to Rapid City since moving up to Majority Whip, the second highest-ranking Republican position in the U.S. Senate.

Thune visited with leaders at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital on Tuesday and also spoke about his new leadership position. As Majority Whip, Thune will gather votes for Republican policies and legislation. Heading back to Washington in January, this time with the Democrats the majority party in the House of Representatives, Thune may have an uphill battle.

John Thune visits Regional Health Rapid City Hospital on Nov. 20, 2018.He said he wants to work across the aisle to pass policy on providing 5G services to people across the country, pushing for digital privacy laws and infrastructure development.

“I hope to be able to bring some of those issues to the forefront and find a way to work together with our counterparts in the House and the White House,” Thune said.

He talked about creating jobs, growing the economy and passing tax reform. Thune said he’ll use his role on the ag, commerce, and finance committees to push his agenda.

But all of that, he said, depends on House Democrats and if they choose to launch investigations into the White House.

“The big question I think at the moment is whether the House of Representatives is in a mood to legislate.”

Thune also said, as Whip, he plans to advocate for Ellsworth Air Force Base. He’s pushed for new B-21 bombers and the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex. With his new power, Ellsworth’s agenda could be on the front burner.

“We’ve got a great story to tell here, great personnel out there, and an important mission,” said Thune, “one that’s going to continue into the future.”

Thune will assume his position as Majority Whip when the new Congress convenes in January.

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