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“I don’t know Kavanaugh the judge. But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy.” Read more about Judge Kavanaugh… https://t.co/VPNeqSLMHz— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) 7/14/18
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“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. ... He is a superb… https://t.co/6BrHBCpgNB— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) 7/12/18
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Judge Brett Kavanaugh has outstanding credentials. Take a look: ▶︎ Graduated from Yale Law School ▶︎ Clerked for Ju… https://t.co/H2IXx9vi8r— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) 7/11/18
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Judge Brett Kavanaugh met with @senatororrinhatch last week. Of Judge Kavanaugh, Sen. Hatch said, “I have no doubt he is going to be a great justice.”
The vetting process for Judge Kavanaugh is underway. He met with several Republican senators this week to begin the Supreme Court confirmation process. #SCOTUS
Today, Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh began his confirmation process by meeting with members of the Senate on Capitol Hill. Take a look as Judge Kavanaugh meets with @vp and @senatemajldr. #SCOTUS
History in the making last night as @realdonaldtrump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. #SCOTUS
Happy Fourth of July! 🇺🇸 As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we’re grateful for all the Americans who exercise one of our most important freedoms this year: the right to petition our elected representatives. Here- @stevedaines meets Joe Schumacher, a veteran and the director of veteran services for Montana State University, and his daughter during a local parade. Take a look at our Instagram Story to see some of the meetings our members have had with constituents across the country. #fourthofjuly
Interns of the Senate: Here in the Senate, we work with dedicated, talented interns such as Connall. Of his internship, Connall said, “As a third generation Aggie (student of Texas A&M) and a member of the Corps of Cadets, I have truly enjoyed the unique exchange of ideas and ability to always learn as an intern in the Senate Republican Conference. The most interesting thing about being here is seeing how dedicated everyone is to the jobs that they do and how that impacts the broader spectrum of public service. My favorite memory from my time here was working with @senjoniernst while helping with a video shoot. Being up close with someone who is making a difference to impact policy was such a valuable experience. Moving forward, I plan to go to law school and continue working in a public service capacity.”
We’ve reached the end of the #IsaksonTakeover and the final step in our story. I was proud to stand alongside the president as he signed the #VAMISSIONAct with those who championed this effort along with me. I look forward to continuing the fight for our veterans with my Republican colleagues.
With the passage of this landmark legislation, the #VAMISSIONAct, we in Congress showed our renewed commitment to providing the best care to our nation’s veterans. Most importantly, we put the needs of veterans first. #IsaksonTakeover
We’re back, taking over the @senategop Instagram for the day! We fought to ensure veterans had access to better-quality health care. Surrounded by veterans service organizations, who were instrumental in writing this legislation, we held a press conference to discuss the benefits of the legislation. Later that day, the bill passed the Senate 92-5. #IsaksonTakeover
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued this statement following a congressional delegation trip to Russia, which included visits with high-level U.S. government and Russian officials:
“During our meetings, we stated in no uncertain terms that Russia must stop its meddling in our elections and that its destabilizing actions in the region are not without consequence. The delegation also stressed that Russia respect the sovereignty of Ukraine and help bring about a peaceful resolution in Syria. These discussions were direct and to-the-point. It’s now up to the Russian government to demonstrate that it will be a responsible actor on the world stage.”
During the trip, which was led by Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the delegation also made stops in Finland and Norway.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States:
“Justice Kennedy’s dedication to the law led him to a career of distinguished service to his country. He is widely respected for his consistent sense of decency and civility, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. This is an important moment as we look to the future of the court. I look forward to President Trump’s nomination of a well-qualified individual who will respect the Constitution and the rule of law and exercise judicial restraint. I will work with my colleagues to ensure he or she is confirmed this fall.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515), legislation that provides funding for our men and women in uniform so they can continue to keep Americans safe at home and abroad:
“As Americans, we are proud that our fighting force is the best in the world, but we must not take our military strength for granted. It’s Congress’ responsibility to make sure our armed forces have the tools they need to defend our nation and keep Americans safe at home and abroad. Since President Trump was elected, Republicans have been working to reverse the underfunding of our military and restore our nation’s fighting force. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act will continue that work by helping our military regain its competitive edge and equipping our men and women in uniform with the tools they need to meet and defeat the threats of the 21st century.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcement that the economy added 223,000 jobs in May, bringing the unemployment rate to the lowest rate in 18 years.
“Americans struggled too long in a sluggish economy that lacked opportunities for those seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Today’s jobs report is more evidence of an economy that is growing again, which is good news for hardworking Americans. When the Republican-led Senate passed tax reform, there were estimates this historic legislation would create nearly 1 million jobs for the American people. Today we can say that we delivered, as over 1 million new jobs have been created since the passage of tax reform. We will continue to pursue a pro-worker, pro-growth agenda that allows the economy to thrive and Americans to secure the jobs they need.”
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the VA MISSION Act, legislation that significantly reforms the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care delivery system, helps veterans access the care they need in their own communities, and expands caregiver support to all generations of veterans:
“The VA health care system needs to be set up in such a way that it is able to actually deliver on the promises made to these brave men and women when they answered our nation’s call. We’ve all heard too many stories about veterans who have had difficulty accessing quality care in a timely manner. The VA MISSION Act makes significant, much-needed reforms that will allow veterans to seek care when and where it is best for them. It also helps put important decisions about health care back in the hands of the veteran and his or her doctor, and it expands support for caregivers, the unsung heroes of the veterans community. The Republican-led Senate is continuing to work for our nation’s veterans, and I’m glad we are able to send this important legislation to the president for his signature.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Gina Haspel to be the director of the CIA:
“With more than 30 years of experience serving in posts overseas and in CIA leadership, Gina Haspel is an outstanding choice for CIA director. Her long and distinguished record of service speaks for itself. Her confirmation is also a historic moment for our country, as Haspel becomes the first woman to lead the CIA in its 70-year history.
It's unfortunate that, at a time when our country faces a wide array of threats, Democrats chose to play unnecessary politics with this nomination. But now that the Republican-led Senate has confirmed her, I look forward to the good work she and the agency will continue to do to keep Americans safe.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcement that the economy added 164,000 jobs in April and unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2000:
“Today’s jobs report is more evidence that our economy is growing again. In April, unemployment fell to an 18-year low, and wages are up steadily over the past year. A few months ago, Congress passed historic tax reform and since then nearly 800,000 jobs have been created, and more than 500 companies have announced pay raises, bonuses, 401(k) match increases, and cuts to utility rates as a result. Employers across the country are experiencing the economic environment they need to grow their businesses and provide more jobs and higher wages. This is good news for hardworking Americans.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after a bipartisan majority in the Senate voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.
“I’m glad the Senate voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as our next secretary of state, despite many Senate Democrats’ risky partisan attempts to obstruct his nomination to score political points with the far left of their base. As the director of the CIA, a former member of Congress, and graduate of West Point and Harvard Law School, Director Pompeo is beyond qualified to serve as our nation’s top diplomat. At a time when our country faces a wide range of global threats, I have the utmost confidence that he will continue to help lead the United States in the right direction.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chair of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush:
“Barbara Bush’s life was characterized by selfless dedication to the nation and to her family, multiple generations of which continue to serve the country they love,” said Thune. “Throughout 73 years of marriage, she was former President Bush’s rock. She was highly respected by all who knew her, and she will be sorely missed. Kimberley’s and my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time, and we hope they are comforted by the strength of Barbara’s faith.”
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been nominated to the #SCOTUS, has outstanding credentials. He: ▶︎ Graduated from Yale Law School ▶︎ Clerked for Justice Kennedy ▶︎ Currently sits on the D.C. Circuit – the “Second Highest Court in the Land” ▶︎ Serves as the Samuel Williston Lecturer at Harvard Law School
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is universally respected by his peers. He is an outstanding, mainstream jurist, known for his: 🔶 Intellect 🔶 Persuasiveness 🔶 Ability to build consensus
“I don’t know Kavanaugh the judge. But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy.” Read more about Judge Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, and “Coach K,” a mentor to student-athletes. #SCOTUS https://wapo.st/2umPn0f
“Kavanaugh worthy of speedy confirmation to Supreme Court” More below from Kentucky Today on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. ⬇️ http://kentuckytoday.com/stories/senate-should-act-quickly-to-confirm-kavanaugh-as-us-supreme-court-justice,14162
“If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.” – Judge Brett Kavanaugh #SCOTUS
“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration.” – Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Take a look at Sen. Grassley's statement on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. ⬇️ #SCOTUS https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-nomination-judge-brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court
“The judge’s job is to interpret the law, not to make the law or make policy.” – Judge Brett Kavanaugh Read more from Judge Kavanaugh below. #SCOTUS https://www.whitehouse.gov/scotus/
#SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an outstanding jurist. He is universally respected for his: ➡️ Intellect ➡️ Persuasiveness ➡️ Temperament ➡️ Ability to build consensus
“Judge Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials. He is widely admired for his intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament.” – Senator Mitch McConnell More below from Leader McConnell’s statement on President Donald J. Trumps' Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. #SCOTUS https://bit.ly/2L2siq5
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides Americans with the relief they’ve been waiting for and ensures that America is ready to compete and win in the global marketplace.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, member of the Finance Committee, and conferee on the conference committee tasked with negotiating a final tax reform bill, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s final passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“This is a historic moment for our nation. For the first time since 1986, Congress has passed a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code. Our goal with this pro-growth tax reform package was to put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans and create a tax code that fosters economic growth. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act achieves that goal. Next year, families across America will see their tax bills drop and take-home pay increase, and businesses will find it easier to grow their operations, hire new workers, and raise wages. This legislation brings America’s tax system into the 21st century — benefiting workers and our economy. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides Americans with the relief they’ve been waiting for and ensures that America is ready to compete and win in the global marketplace.”
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WASHINGTON – Today, members of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) House-Senate Conference Committee signed the conference report for this legislation and Conference Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) filed the conference report in the House. The bill will now move forward to be voted on next week by the entire House of Representatives and Senate.
With this bill, the typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of $2,059.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a member of the conference committee, said:
“Historic achievements are challenging and reforming the tax code is no different. From the outset, Republicans in Congress sought to develop a comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform bill that will grow the economy, jumpstart job creation, and increase take-home pay for hardworking American families. Over the last several months, we’ve kept a steady pace, allowing each chamber to work its will and produce legislation that will achieve our shared goal. And, over the last two weeks, conferees in the Senate and House have met, examined the merits of each bill, worked to reconcile the differences and found consensus to produce final bicameral legislation. Today marks a critical milestone in this endeavor and keeps us on track to deliver a comprehensive tax overhaul to the American people by year’s end.”
Chairman Brady said:
“This is a historic moment for the American people. For the first time in 31 years, the House and the Senate have now come together to deliver pro-growth tax reform that will help more Americans across our country keep more of their hard-earned money. This legislation will also grow our economy, make our companies of all sizes more competitive, and help prevent more American jobs from continuing to go overseas. I appreciate my colleagues’ hard work and look forward to voting on this bill in the House next week.”
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"This legislation will bring real relief to the middle class by taking money out of Washington’s pocket and putting it into theirs. It means a tax cut of more than $2,000 for a family of four earning $73,000. That’s real money in communities across Kentucky - from Owensboro to Covington. And only those who don’t know the struggles of hardworking American families could conclude otherwise."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Actconference report that was released today:
“First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the members of the Senate and the House who worked tirelessly to reconcile the differences between the two tax bills. What they have accomplished is critical for the future of our country – and that is no understatement. After 31 years, it’s about time.
“For too long, America has struggled to compete in an increasingly competitive world. For years, jobs and businesses have left our country. Meanwhile, middle-class families struggled to get by. For years, our nation suffered under an economy that failed them with lack luster economic growth and under a system that rewarded the few at the expense of the many.
“That’s changing with this legislation. China is already worried about this tax bill, because they know it will make America more competitive and spur greater investment here in America. This legislation will bring real relief to the middle class by taking money out of Washington’s pocket and putting it into theirs. It means a tax cut of more than $2,000 for a family of four earning $73,000. That’s real money in communities across Kentucky – from Paducah to Pikeville. And only those who don’t know the struggles of hardworking American families could conclude otherwise.
“Next week, the Senate will get this bill done so we can ensure the American people get the gift of real, meaningful tax relief this holiday season.”
“After years of economic stagnation, this bill will usher in a new era of economic dynamism in this country.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, member of the Finance Committee, and conferee on the conference committee tasked with negotiating a final tax reform bill, issued the following statement today regarding the House and Senate conference committee agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“Members of the House and Senate came together to finalize the details of a pro-growth tax reform bill that will provide Americans with more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. By reducing individual tax rates, doubling the standard deduction, and increasing the child tax credit, our bill will ensure Americans are able to keep more of their hard-earned money. And by lowering taxes on job creators, our bill will foster an economic environment that will give Americans access to more jobs, higher wages, and better opportunities. Our final package delivers on the promise we made to provide real relief to hardworking Americans. After years of economic stagnation, this bill will usher in a new era of economic dynamism in this country. And it will send a message to the world that America is serious about competing and succeeding in the 21st century economy.”
Since January 2017, Thune has introduced numerous individual tax reform marker bills that cover multiple portions of the tax code. Thune-authored provisions included in the conference report to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are:
- Modified portions of Thune’s Investment in New Ventures and Economic Success Today (INVEST) Act of 2017 (S. 1144), legislation that would simplify accounting rules and reform key parts of the tax code to help small and medium-sized business owners more quickly recover investment costs and certain other tax deductible business expenses. By accelerating cost recovery on property, equipment, inventory, and other common business investments, these provisions would encourage new business growth and help existing businesses, including farms and ranches, expand their operations, create new jobs, and grow the economy.
- Provisions from Thune’s S Corporation Modernization Act of 2017 (S. 711) that would allow foreign individuals to invest in S corporations through Electing Small Business Trusts (ESBTs) and treat ESBTs like S corporation shareholders so both can claim deductions with respect to charitable contributions made by an S corporation. Thune also led efforts during the conference to ensure that trusts, including ESBTs, and estates benefit from the new deduction for owners of pass-through businesses like S corporations.
Thune doesn’t believe death should be a taxable event, which is why he introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act in January 2017 and still strongly supports this approach. The conference report to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes his provision from the Senate bill that would provide additional relief (compared to current law) to more of South Dakota’s family-run businesses, farms, and ranches that are currently threatened by the death tax, which is important progress.
Through his role as a member of the conference committee, Thune helped a number of other senators to include their shared priorities. Working with Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Thune helped improve the new deduction for pass-through businesses so owners of agricultural cooperatives benefit from the 20 percent deduction. Thune also worked with Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), and Grassley to ensure that tax credits for renewable energy, like wind and solar, are taken into account under the new international tax rules.
There’s a lot of fake news out there on tax reform. Let us help bust some of Senate Democrats' myths for you.
Myth: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) claims that "one group of economists after another have looked at this bill and it won’t do a darned thing.”
Fact: 137 economists said, “Economic growth will accelerate” under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Myth: In a deleted tweet, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) claims that “On average, middle class families earning less than $86,000 would see a tax increase …”
Fact: The Washington Post gave her "Four Pinocchios" and said, “Actually, it’s the opposite. Most families in that income range would get a tax cut.”
Myth: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) claims that tax reform is “kicking 13 million people off health insurance to give tax cuts to the wealthy.”
Fact: The Washington Post says, “inaccurate." This bill only repeals the individual mandate’s penalty, which means Americans will no longer be forced to buy insurance they don’t want or can’t afford.
“This tax reform package will turn the economic tide and help Americans get ahead.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“For too long, Americans have struggled to make ends meet in a weak economy. Today the Senate has taken an important step forward in providing them with relief. By cutting taxes for middle-income Americans and providing job creators with the environment they need to hire more workers and increase wages, this tax reform package will turn the economic tide and help Americans get ahead. I commend Chairman Hatch and my colleagues for all the work they have done this year to ensure this bill made it over the finish line here in the Senate. I look forward to working with my Senate and House colleagues to ensure our pro-growth tax reform package is signed into law.”
“Our plan cuts taxes for Americans of all income groups and provides a substantial tax cut for middle-income families.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement regarding passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act out of the Senate Finance Committee today.
“Today Congress is one step closer to delivering a pro-growth tax reform package to the president’s desk. Senate Republicans on the Finance Committee came together with the goal of ensuring Americans get to keep more of their hard-earned money. The provisions in our plan deliver that. Our plan cuts taxes for Americans of all income groups and provides a substantial tax cut for middle-income families. By doubling the standard deduction, cutting tax rates, and increasing the child tax credit, we’re able to put more money in the pockets of everyday Americans. And by repealing Obamacare’s unpopular individual mandate tax, we’re able to provide even more relief for middle-income earners. I commend Chairman Hatch for his leadership and my colleagues on the committee for their contributions. I look forward to continuing our work with members of both the Senate and the House to get this bill across the finish line.”
“This proposal is good news for American workers and American families.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate Finance Committee’s comprehensive tax reform plan based on the unified framework.
“Middle-income Americans are tired of struggling under a weak economy. They are ready for relief. This proposal is good news for American workers and American families. The proposal the Senate Finance Committee unveiled today lowers tax rates, doubles the standard deduction, and increases the child tax credit, all of which will put more money into the pockets of hardworking Americans and give them more flexibility to care for their families. By lowering taxes on small businesses and other job creators, our plan also makes the reforms necessary to boost our economy and give Americans access to the kinds of jobs, wages, and opportunities that will set them up for a secure future. I commend Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch for his leadership and look forward to working with our colleagues in the House and the Trump administration to ensure a pro-growth tax reform package is signed into law.”
“Through comprehensive tax reform, we will be able to provide Americans with more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement today regarding the House Ways and Means Committee’s release of a comprehensive tax reform bill based on the unified framework.
“For the first time in decades, we have an opportunity to fix our broken tax code and provide better economic opportunity for middle-income Americans. Through comprehensive tax reform, we will be able to provide Americans with more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. I commend House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and the members of his committee for their work on a bill that provides much-needed relief for American families. I look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues in the House to deliver a final pro-growth tax reform package to President Trump’s desk for his signature.”