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Rounds Secures Five Key Committee Memberships for 117th Congress

Gains Two Additional Critical Committee Assignments: Foreign Relations, Indian Affairs

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 the most powerful committees in the United States Senate. On the Armed Services Committee, we’ve worked to bolster our national defense, improve our nation’s cybersecurity capabilities and support Ellsworth Air Force Base – the future home of the first two B-21 bomber squadrons. We will continue to focus on this work.”

"My new role on the Committee on Foreign Relations will go hand in hand with my work on Armed Services and also give me the added opportunity to promote access to international markets for South Dakota farmers and ranchers. In addition to standing up for our producers overseas, my work on Foreign Relations will help unlock new opportunities for South Dakota across the globe."

“I will remain a member on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. South Dakota consumers must have access to adequate credit and financial services. Furthermore, our state is home to many recognized financial institutions who add significantly to our economic base. I look forward to promoting good public policy that assures our citizens adequate access to competitive business and personal credit services.”

“South Dakota is home to one of the largest populations of veterans per capita in the country. Throughout my time serving on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, we have worked to save the Hot Springs VA and improve the care our veterans receive. But there’s still more work to be done to make sure our veterans are getting the benefits they’ve been promised. In a typical year, over half of all the requests for assistance my office receives are veteran related. Our veterans made a commitment to serve our country. Now it’s our turn to make sure they receive the benefits they’ve been promised."

“The Native American population is an important part of our South Dakota community. But too often, the federal government has failed to maintain a working relationship with the tribes. I am pleased to be joining the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. I look forward to working with tribal leaders. I believe we can improve the communications between tribes in South Dakota and provide equal access for Native Americans if we work together.”

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