Add this to Thune's growing list of achievements:
The Senate today approved an amendment introduced by Senator John Thune to the transportation bill currently being debated on the Senate floor to protect state and local governments’ rights to define their own community values. The amendment will prevent the U.S. Department of Transportation from deciding what South Dakota’s community values should be.
Thune’s amendment removes a provision in the Highway Bill that would effectively allow the Federal Highway Administration to dictate states’ respective “community values.” The amendment protects local and state control of highway projects that involve federal dollars.
“Decisions about South Dakota values should be made by local and state officials – not federal bureaucrats,” Thune said. “My amendment will protect states’ rights and guarantee that Washington bureaucrats do not dictate our values.”