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Sen. Thune Teaches Augustana Class

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On Saturday at around 5 a.m., the United States Senate did something for the first time in four years, they passed a budget. Just days later, it's what many Augustana College students wanted to hear about from United States Senator John Thune.

So, on Monday afternoon, John Thune traded in his title as Senator for political science professor, at least for an hour.

Sen. Thune said, "It's always good to hear from the students about what's on their minds and what they want to talk about so there's a lot going on in the world today and there's a lot going on here at home and the budget's certainly one of those things."

After the Senate passed a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014, that's exactly what students were most interested in.

Augustana Sophomore Megan Raposa said, "It's nice to see the senator coming in and kind of explaining from an insiders perspective what's going on in Washington."

Putting the process on paper, or a chalkboard, rather, the senator described the pieces of the pie or things in the budget that they had to consider. He also decribed the process it takes to get such a significant thing passed.

"If you do a budget, you open it up to the floor and the amendment process and people are required to take hard votes," said Sen. Thune.

Sen. Thune says it's one of the most rewarding parts of his job, talking to the next generation about how things that are happening today are going to translate into their future.

"It's really important for us to be informed about what's going on in Congress and to keep up with our senators. Just listening to what the senator said, there's a lot of things I wasn't even aware of and I like to think that I follow politics pretty closely," said Raposa.

Hopefully, Thune says, they'll come away with something more, an interest in becoming more involved in the political process and maybe even becoming a politician someday.
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