Press Releases

07.17.18

Rounds Selected to Serve on NATO Observer Group

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that he will serve on the Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group. "The United States and our NATO partners continue to face new and emerging threats from our adversaries," said Rounds. "By re-establishing the NATO Observer Group, the Senate will be able to obtain timely information on the important decisions being made and the threats we face. I look forward t… Continue Reading


07.17.18

Rounds Questions Fed Chair on Economic Growth During Banking Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today questioned Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, about the positive impact the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has had on our economy. The two agreed that the tax law, in addition to other policies, is having a positive effect on our economy. Rounds also expressed concern for the impact that trade instability is having on our ability to reach our full economic potential. Powe… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Rounds Statement on Trump-Putin Meeting

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, issued the following statement about President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, earlier today. "Make no mistake: Russia is not our friend. Our poor relations are a direct result of their continued destabilizing behavior throughout the world. It is clear that Russia attempted to directly influence the 2016 election process. There is value in seeking to improve… Continue Reading


07.11.18

Delegation Urges President to Prioritize U.S. Agriculture During Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today strongly urged President Trump to make U.S. agriculture exports a priority with our trading partners around the world. Recent market uncertainty has already cost South Dakota producers hundreds of millions of dollars, and the delegation hopes this letter serves as a reminder to the president that this industry cannot afford to be further entangled in global trade disputes. "We ap… Continue Reading


07.11.18

Rounds Joins Group of Senators in Introducing Resolution to Support ICE

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined a group of senators in introducing a resolution denouncing the radical calls for the dissolution of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents play a vital role in the defense of our country," said Rounds. "Not only do they work to safeguard our borders, they keep our communities safe and help rescue vulnerable children and human trafficking victims. Without the brave men and women … Continue Reading


07.10.18

Rounds Statement on Committee Confirmation of Robert Wilkie to be VA Secretary

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today voted in committee to advance the confirmation of Robert Wilkie to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The full Senate will now have the opportunity to vote on his confirmation. "After meeting with Mr. Wilkie in my office recently, as well as questioning him during his confirmation hearing in the Veterans' Affairs Committee, I voted to advance his confirmation to the Sena… Continue Reading


07.09.18

Rounds on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) tonight issued the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy as an Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court: "The president has announced his nominee, and now the Senate has a constitutional role of advice and consent. I take this responsibility very seriously. Confirming conservative, fair-minded judges who will adhere to the Constitution is one of the most important responsibi… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Rounds, Thune and Noem Express Support for New East River Veteran Cemetery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today, in a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs Randy C. Reeves, expressed their support for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs' application to establish a new veterans cemetery in Sioux Falls. "We write in support of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs' (SDDVA) application for the establishment of a new veterans cemete… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Rounds on Meeting with CFPB Director Nominee Kathy Kraninger

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today issued the following statement following his meeting with Kathy Kraninger, nominee to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). "A product of Dodd-Frank, the CFPB was set up by the previous administration to be an unaccountable regulatory agency with no oversight from Congress," said Rounds. "Under Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, the agency has charted a new course by rolling back har… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Rounds Statement on EPA’s RVO Proposal for 2019

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today made the following statement on the EPA's Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) proposed rule for 2019: "While I am pleased the EPA has proposed an increase in the RVO for 2019, until the agency answers how it intends to assure the 15 billion gallons in grain ethanol is met in light of reports of 'hardship' waive… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Delegation Encourages President to Quickly Approve South Dakota Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today, in a letter to President Trump, expressed their strong support for South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's request for a major disaster declaration that would cover Campbell, McPherson, and Walworth counties in South Dakota. If approved, the federal disaster assistance would help communities recover from severe thunderstorms and flash flooding that occurred between May 17 and May 18, which … Continue Reading


06.25.18

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Three Appropriation Bills

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriation bills: "Today, the Senate made a step in the right direction toward getting back to 'regular order,' where we debate appropriation bills individually," said Rounds. "Responsible spending starts with a responsible appropriations process where Congress engages in thoughtful debate about … Continue Reading


06.21.18

Rounds Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on South Dakota v. Wayfair. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota, paving the way for states to collect sales taxes from most online retailers. "Today's ruling is a victory for brick-and-mortar stores across South Dakota, who now have an opportunity to be on a level playing field with online businesses," said Rounds. "With online sales growing at four times the rate of reta… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Rounds: “Time is of the Essence” to Finalize Trade Deals

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) yesterday joined Bloomberg TV to discuss the need for the administration to finalize trade deals as soon as possible. "The president doesn't think we're getting good, fair trade deals and there are a lot of people in the United States who feel the same way," said Rounds during the interview. "We'll allow the administration time in which to put together their plan and their negotiations. But time is going to start running short - particularly in ag ar… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Rounds, Colleagues Urge Senate to Pass the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), John Kennedy (R-La.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) in a press conference to urge their Senate colleagues to pass President Trump's rescissions package, which seeks to cut approximately $15 billion in unused, unspent funds, or funds that cannot be used for the original purpose Congress intended. "While this legislation won't fix our entire spending problem or di… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Rounds Statement on Family Separation at Border

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding the separation of families at the border: "Nobody wants to see families separated. Attempting to illegally enter the country is a crime that jeopardizes our national security. But we believe we can protect our borders while also showing compassion for the children who are in this situation through no fault of their own. The best course of action to stop family separation at the border is for Congress to … Continue Reading


06.18.18

Vital National Security Legislation Passes Senate with Rounds’ Support

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last week delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. The NDAA passed the Senate tonight by a vote of 85-10. It now heads to a conference committee, where differences will be worked out with the House-passed NDAA. "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am pleased we as a committee have … Continue Reading


06.15.18

Rounds, Jones Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reform Living Will Submission Process for Financial Institutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the living will submission process. As a result of regulations promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act, large bank holding companies are required to prepare and submit 'living wills' to federal banking regulators that describe their resolution strategy in case of a crisis. The process prescribed by Dodd-Frank f… Continue Reading


06.13.18

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Surplus Water Rule

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, today delivered opening remarks at a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Army Corps' Regulation of Surplus Water and the Role of States' Rights." Rounds' opening statement, as prepared for delivery: The Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight is meeting today to conduct a h… Continue Reading


06.08.18

Delegation Introduces Bills to Allow Tribal Grant Schools to Focus Resources to Improve Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today introduced Senate and House companion bills that would allow tribal grant schools to participate in Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) programs. This change would free up resources to improve recruiting and retention efforts for professional educators in rural communities by allowing schools to spend less on health care and more on … Continue Reading

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