Press Releases

03.25.21

Rounds Introduces Bill Requiring DNA Border Testing to ‘End Child Trafficking Now’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) along with Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the End Child Trafficking Now Act to prevent drug cartels and transnational criminal gangs from trafficking and exploiting migrant children to gain illegal entry into the country. Representative Lance Gooden (R-Texas) introduced companion legislation today in the House of Representatives. "We need to stop criminals from exploiting our immigratio… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Rounds-Backed Bill to Expand Vaccine Access for Vets & Caregivers Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - The Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This legislation now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse (SAVE LIVES) Act would allow the VA to provide COVID-19 vaccination services to all veterans, v… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Rounds, Smith Lead Bipartisan Push to Repeal Outdated, Discriminatory Laws Against Native Americans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), both members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, have reintroduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act. The RESPECT Act would repeal a number of outdated federal laws that are discriminatory against Native Americans. Examples include laws that allow for the forced removal of Native American children from their homes to be sent to boarding schools and laws … Continue Reading


03.18.21

Rounds, Inhofe Introduce Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

WASHINGTON - As the border crisis becomes increasingly concerning, Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01) introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives. This legislation will address immigration loopholes to strengthen the integrity of the asylum process to make certain that it is only used by individuals … Continue Reading


03.18.21

Rounds Votes Against Radical, Unqualified Health Secretary Nominee

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). "I am deeply troubled by the Senate's vote today to confirm California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Becerra's lack of health care experience, extreme views on abortion, support for government-run health care, and … Continue Reading


03.11.21

O’Gorman Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Camden Johnson, a senior at O'Gorman High School, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). Senator Rounds nominated Camden to USNA. He is the son of Chad and Wendy Johnson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "Congratulations to Camden on receiving an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy," said Rounds. "Camden's aspirations to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and serve in the Navy were in… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Rounds Opposes Democrats’ $1.9 Trillion Spending Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after voting against the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation which passed on a partisan basis without Republican support. "Democrats used the guise of COVID-19 relief to further their left-wing agenda while putting our nation deeper into debt. I voted against this partisan $1.9 trillion spending bill that reads more like a liberal wish list than targeted pandemic relief. "Up until this point, we have always fo… Continue Reading


02.26.21

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Iran Sanctions Resolution

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and 42 other members of Congress introduced a resolution to oppose lifting sanctions on Iran. "Iran's aggressive behavior and nuclear ambition puts our regional allies and our own national security at risk," Rounds stated. "The U.S. must continue to maintain sanctions on the Iranian regime until it abandons its nuclear ambitions. The Biden Administration should not repeat the same mistakes of … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Rounds and Colleagues Urge President Biden to Withdraw Becerra

WASHINGTON- Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Representative Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) and 72 other members of Congress sent a letter urging President Joe Biden to withdraw California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's nomination to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). "We write to express our grave concerns regarding the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)," the m… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Rapid City Stevens Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Lauren Letner, a senior at Rapid City Stevens High School, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). Lauren was nominated by Senator Rounds to USNA. She is the daughter of James and Lillian Letner of Rapid City, South Dakota. "Congratulations to Lauren on receiving an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy," said Rounds. "Lauren has already accomplished so much in her years, and I … Continue Reading


02.13.21

Rounds Votes Against Articles of Impeachment

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after voting against the articles of impeachment brought against former President Trump. "I've said all along that impeaching former President Trump is a moot point as the Constitution is clear that removal from office is the primary purpose of impeachment. Our Founding Fathers intended the process of impeachment to remove public officials from office, not to punish private citizens. After carefully listening to ever… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Rounds, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Withdraw USDA Rule Harming Sheep, Goat Industries

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and a group of senators in a letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Robert Fairweather to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) final rule on the importation of sheep, goats and certain other ruminations. The final rule would remove brain disorder-related import restrictions on sheep, goats, and most of their products. Currently, the import restrictions function as a necessary … Continue Reading


02.11.21

Rounds: $15 Minimum Wage Would Damage Our Economy By Killing 1.4 Million Jobs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report detailing the devastating impacts of President Biden's proposed $15 minimum wage increase. "As a former governor and business owner, I understand how important economic policies are in making sure businesses have opportunities to grow and create jobs. "President Biden continues to embrace a radical left-wing agenda by pushing policies like a … Continue Reading


02.10.21

Rounds, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Significantly Enhance Domestic Production of Life-saving Medical Supplies

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the national response to pandemics by modernizing the production of critical medical supplies for frontline healthcare providers. The Public Health Emergency (PHE) Production Act would make sure the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fully leverages its allocation authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to respond to current and future emergencies. … Continue Reading


02.09.21

Rounds Opposes Unconstitutional Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after voting that an impeachment trial for a former president is unconstitutional. "After listening to the arguments laid out by the House managers and the former president's legal team, no convincing evidence was presented regarding the constitutionality of impeaching a former president. Our Founding Fathers were clear in the Constitution that the process of impeachment is intended for removal from office for a pub… Continue Reading


02.08.21

Sioux Falls Christian High School Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Military Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Mitchell Walker, a senior at Sioux Falls Christian High School, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy (USMA). Rounds nominated Mitchell to USMA. He is the son of Randy and Christine Walker of Brandon, South Dakota. "Congratulations to Mitchell on receiving an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy," said Rounds. "Mitchell's application to my office certainly stood out, and I w… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Rounds Secures Five Key Committee Memberships for 117th Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced his membership on five key committees in the 117th Congress: Armed Services Foreign Relations Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Veterans' Affairs Indian Affairs Rounds Statement: "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on five critical committees - each with opportunities to help shape our work on behalf of South Dakotans." "The Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations are two of th… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Rounds Discusses MCOOL and Ethanol with Ag Secretary Nominee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement today following a discussion with Tom Vilsack, who President Biden recently nominated to be Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack previously served as Governor of Iowa and Secretary of Agriculture under President Barack Obama. "South Dakota's farm and ranch families are among the best producers in the world," said Rounds. "They are great stewards of the land and need to be recognized for their efforts in feeding a growing… Continue Reading


02.01.21

Rounds Statement on Meeting with President Biden to Discuss COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding a meeting he and nine of his Republican colleagues participated in with President Biden to discuss COVID-19 relief. "South Dakotans sent me to Washington to stand up for our principles and get results. It's important to be in these discussions to advocate for our state and work to keep out the bad policies that will hurt our families and businesses. As the saying goes - 'if you're not at the table, you… Continue Reading


01.31.21

Rounds, King Reintroduce Legislation Allowing Local Meat and Poultry Products to be Sold Across State Lines

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine) reintroduced the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act. The bipartisan bill would allow meat and poultry products inspected by state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs to be sold across state lines. Rounds and King introduced this legislation in the 115th and 116th sessions of Congress. "South Dakota farmers and ranchers produce some of the highest-quality meat in the nation," said Rounds. "However, cur… Continue Reading

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