A frustrating feature of this Congress is legislation vital to
the roofing industry getting stuck in the Senate. Clearly, more
pro-business senators must be elected in 2004 to move
asbestos-litigation reform and energy legislation, to name just two
bills, out of the Senate. NRCA's political action committee,
ROOFPAC, has been active in key Senate races that could transform
the Senate into a more business-friendly chamber. One of those
races is taking place in South Dakota.
Former Congressman John Thune (R) once again is running for the
U.S. Senate in South Dakota. Thune ran in 2002 against incumbent
Sen. Tim Johnson (D) and lost by only 524 votes. He now is
challenging Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D) in what could be
the second most high-profile race in the United States behind that
for the White House.
ROOFPAC supported Thune in 2002 and is supporting him in his
race against Daschle. Thune has a better record on issues of
importance to the business community than Daschle, and independent
polling in South Dakota indicates the...
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