Press Releases

04.21.17

Rounds Appointee Accepted to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

WATERTOWN-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Watertown High School student Zachariah Markel has been offered an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which he intends to accept. Markel, the son of Robert L. and Carol Ann Markel of Watertown, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from Rounds. "I congratulate Zachariah on his offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point," said Rounds. "It is clear that Zac… Continue Reading


04.12.17

Rounds, Hirono Introduce Bill to Support Military Families, Quality of Life and Retention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill to codify in law the provisions of the Department of Defense regulation that directs military finance offices to reimburse service members for off-base housing expenses during long-term temporary duty. "Our service members and their families make incredible sacrifices to keep us safe," said Rounds. "They shouldn't be faced with unnecessary st… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Rounds, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Give Purple Heart Recipients Full Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation to add Purple Heart recipients to the list of eligible veterans who can access full Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It also includes a provision to make Purple Heart recipients eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is an optional program for universities to provide additional funding… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Rounds Speaks in Support of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Be Confirmed to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. "Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has proven time and again that he is exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court," said Rounds in his floor speech. "The knowledge and careful deliberation he will bring to the court will result in rulings that reflect justice, fairness, and an interpretation of what the law is and what Congres… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Rounds, Warner Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Financial Stability to Muni Bonds

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens .Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to allow high quality municipal debt to be classified at a level equivalent to debt issued by corporations. Debt sold by state and local governments is currently excluded from consideration under a rule requiring banks to hold enough high quality liquid assets to fund their operations for 30 days. This exclusion may create a disincentive for ba… Continue Reading


03.31.17

Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Increase Benefits for Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, cosponsored the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation to increase veterans' disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill was introduced by U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, respectively, and cosponsored by every member of the … Continue Reading


03.30.17

Rounds joins Thune in Introducing Dr. Heather Wilson at SASC Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) today joined Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) in introducing Dr. Heather Wilson at her confirmation hearing to be Secretary of the Air Force. Dr. Wilson has been president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) since 2013. Watch Rounds' reemarks by clicking here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. Chairman it is my honor to join Senator Thune in supporting Dr. Heather Wilson's … Continue Reading


03.29.17

Rounds’ RESPECT Act Legislation Passes Indian Affairs Committee Unanimously

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after his Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act passed out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee with unanimous support: "I thank Chairman John Hoeven and the members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for unanimously passing the RESPECT Act today," said Rounds. "The RESPECT Act would repeal a number of outdated federal laws that are discriminatory toward Nati… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Rounds Announces Promotion of Tyler Tordsen to Southeast Regional Director

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced the promotion of Tyler Tordsen to Southeast Regional Director. Tordsen has spent the last two years working in Rounds' Pierre office as a special assistant, focusing on outreach, tribal relations, constituent services and local governments. "Tyler has been a tremendous asset to our team since the day he started," said Rounds. "A lifelong South Dakotan, his strategic vision and passion for helping others have played a vital role in our co… Continue Reading


03.28.17

SASC Cyber Subcommittee Chairman Mike Rounds Hosts Informal Meeting with Israeli Directorate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today hosted an informal meeting between members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and members of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, including Director Dr. Eviatar Matania. "Israel is at the forefront of cyber technology, and I am grateful Dr. Matania was able to join us today to discuss cyber threats," said Rounds. "During our meetings, we had a healthy discussion about where the U.S. and Israel can expand our strong relationship to fur… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Rounds Statement on Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Power Plan Regulations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and Chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, today made the following statement on President Trump's executive order to limit the Clean Power Plan rule. "Over the past eight years, American innovation, job creation and economic growth have been smothered by heavy-handed federal regulations imposed by unelected bureaucrats," said Round… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Rounds, Donnelly Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Veteran Credit Scores

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would protect the credit ratings of veterans wrongly penalized by medical bill payment delays by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "When veterans receive care in the community, they shouldn't have to worry about a delayed payment from the VA negatively impacting their credit score," said Rounds. "Our legislation would make sure that veterans are protected from me… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Rounds Speaks on Senate Floor on 7th Anniversary of Obamacare

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) yesterday spoke on the Senate floor on the 7th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law by then-President Barack Obama. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, on its 7th anniversary of being signed into law by our previous president, Barack Obama. Looking back on what has happened to health care over the past seven years… Continue Reading


03.21.17

Rounds Introduces Bill to Strengthen Congressional Insight and Accountability on Federal Regulations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation to strengthen congressional insight and accountability within the regulatory process. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Insight, Reform and Accountability Act of 2017 would give OIRA statutory authority to conduct reviews of regulations by codifying into law executive orders establishing such authority, authority that cannot be rescinded or limited by future presidencies. Additionally, it would expand th… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Rounds Appointee Accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Milbank High School student Brooke Fraasch has been offered an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, which she intends to accept. Fraasch, the daughter of Wayde and Amber Fraasch of Milbank, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy from Rounds. "I congratulate Brooke on her offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy," said Rounds. "Our nation's service academies only offer appointments to the best… Continue Reading


03.09.17

Rounds, Kaine Introduce Bipartisan DOD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services' Committee Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced a bill to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce that is critical to addressing the United States' growing cyber challenges. The DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017 would reinvigorate and modify an existing DoD scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields. This bill would authorize the DoD's schola… Continue Reading


03.03.17

Upholding our Responsibility to our Native Population

Our tribal population is amidst a government-induced health care crisis as a result of decades of mismanagement and poor leadership at the Indian Health Service (IHS). In South Dakota and across the country, IHS facilities consistently fail to meet basic benchmarks of providing proper care to Native Americans. Headlines frequently tell the tale of emergency rooms closing down, lack of adequate health care professionals and blatant corruption among IHS administrative employees. Too often, my sta… Continue Reading


03.01.17

Rounds to Army Corps: South Dakotans Want Assurances that Flood Control is your Number One Priority


03.01.17

Rounds Cosponsors Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced he is an original cosponsor of the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state's laws. "As an avid hunter and lifelong gun owner, I have always been a strong defender of the Second Amendment," said Rounds. "This legislation will strengthen … Continue Reading


02.28.17

Rounds Statement on President's Address to Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on President Trump's address to Congress. "I share President Trump's desire to renew America's spirit of optimism," said Rounds. "For too long, Washington has failed to focus on the important issues: reducing our debt, reforming the tax code, achieving a truly affordable, sustainable health care system, strengthening our military and growing our economy so all American families have the opportunity to achieve t… Continue Reading

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