Press Releases

11.20.18

Delegation Invites Veteran Affairs Secretary to Hot Springs VA Facility in South Dakota

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) have invited Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who was confirmed in July, to visit the Hot Springs VA facility in South Dakota. The delegation has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and previous secretaries to highlight the good work being done at the facility and encourage them to keep it open and operational. "As you continue to appreciate the scope of the V… Continue Reading


11.15.18

Thankful for the Opportunity to Work for South Dakota in the Senate

This Thanksgiving, I would like to share with all South Dakotans my gratitude for the opportunity to work for you in the United States Senate. It is a privilege that I will never take for granted. I continue to work every day to make decisions that will improve the lives of everyone in South Dakota. Jean and I send our warmest wishes to you this holiday season. Thanksgiving is a good time to look back on the year and thank the Lord for the blessings that we have received. This year, we welco… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Rounds Opening Statement at Cybersecurity Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, today delivered opening remarks at a hearing on the private sector perspective on the Department of Defense's (DoD) cybersecurity acquisition and practices. "The Department's cybersecurity acquisition is slow, decentralized and often overly reliant on the National Security Agency's product evaluation and indigenous production," said Rounds in his opening remarks. "And, because of this… Continue Reading


10.31.18

Rounds Statement on Proposed Rule to Facilitate Liquidity in Options Markets

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today issued the following statement on a proposed rule by the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation that would implement the standardized approach for measuring counterparty credit risk: "I'm pleased to see that our regulators are taking action to implement the standardized approach for measuring counterparty credit ri… Continue Reading


10.22.18

What They're Saying About Rounds' Bill to Require a Comprehensive Assessment of IHS

Last month, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed S.465 with broad, bipartisan support. S. 465 would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to contract an assessment of the Indian Health Service's (IHS) health care delivery systems and financial management processes only at direct-care facilities. It now awaits consideration by the full Senate floor. Here is what stakeholders have been saying: Harold C. Frazier, Chairman, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Rounds Introduces Legislative Package to Promote Economic Growth

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today introduced six bills to reduce the regulatory burden for investors and small businesses seeking to raise capital so they can create jobs and grow our economy. "These bills seek to lessen financial regulatory burdens, making it easier for consumers to invest and for job creators to thrive," said Rounds. "They maintain protections for consumers and have already received strong,… Continue Reading


10.11.18

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Commemorate End of WWII

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced the 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act. This legislation would establish a commemorative program to honor veterans, educate the public about the history of World War II, highlight the service of the men and women who served our nation on the home front during the war, recognize the contributions of our allies a… Continue Reading


10.10.18

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued a statement on the Senate's passage of America's Water Infrastructure Act, a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that will benefit communities across South Dakota. "Water is one of our most precious natural resources," said Rounds. "South Dakotans rely on water infrastructure for energy, irrigation, agriculture, recreation, flood control, and clean drinking water. The legislation we passed today builds on the Senate's commitment to investing … Continue Reading


10.09.18

Rounds Supports Year-Round E-15 Sales

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding the administration's decision to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol, or E-15. In previous years, sales of E-15 were banned annually between June 1 and September 15, which includes the country's busiest driving months. "Allowing year-round sales of E-15 will not only increase markets for South Dakota producers, it will increase consumer choice at the pump and keep fuel costs … Continue Reading


10.06.18

Rounds Statement on Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court: "Despite a prolonged 'advice and consent' process in which our Democrat colleagues went to extreme, unprecedented measures to try and stop his nomination, today the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is immensely qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. During the last 12 years … Continue Reading


10.03.18

Rounds: Comprehensive Opioids Bill Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to pass H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan proposal that includes measures from both House and Senate members to combat the opioid epidemic. This legislation now heads to the president to be signed into law. "Opioid addiction is a devastating epidemic that has spread to all corners of our society. Nobody is immune from opioid addiction, and many of us may know… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Rounds Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on the EPA’s Use of Sound and Transparent Science

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, today delivered his opening statement at a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Implementation of Sound and Transparent Science in Regulation." "The EPA has a long history of creating burdensome, unnecessary regulations without giving the public an opportunity to fully vet the reasoning be… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Rounds Statement on Five-Year FAA Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes federal aviation programs for five years. This legislation now heads to the president to be signed into law. "Making sure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the tools in place to modernize and improve U.S. aviation will benefit all air travelers," said Rounds. "I'm pleased that the five-year FAA reauthorization bill passed by the S… Continue Reading


10.01.18

Rounds: South Dakota Veterans Cemetery One Step Closer to Becoming Reality

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has signed off on the South Dakota state cemetery grant application. During a phone call with VA Undersecretary Randy Reeves last week, Reeves told Rounds that this puts the South Dakota state cemetery application on the priority list for grant funding. A grant could be awarded as early as next year. "The announcement that the VA has si… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Rounds’ IHS Assessment Legislation Passes Out of Committee, Heads to Full Senate Floor

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced that his legislation, S. 465, the Independent Outside Audit of the Indian Health Service Act, passed out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee today with broad bipartisan support. "South Dakota's tribal members have been in the midst of a government-induced health care crisis for decades due to poor leadership and mismanagement at the Indian Health Service (IHS)," said Rounds. "Tribal members are suffering and even dying due to inadequate… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at Cyber Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, today delivered the opening statement at a joint Cybersecurity and Personnel Subcommittee hearing to review the cyber operational readiness of the Department of Defense (DoD). Rounds remarks, as prepared for delivery: The Cybersecurity and Personnel Subcommittees meet this afternoon to receive testimony on the cyber operational readiness of the Departmen… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Rounds Accepting Spring 2019 Internship Applications

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he is currently accepting internship applications for spring 2019. The deadline to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices is Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. College credit is available. Duties in the Washington, D.C., office may include tracking legislation, researching bills, attending committee hearings and briefings, leading tours of the U.S. Capitol, handling constituent phone calls… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Rounds, Hirono Introduce Bill to Provide Transparency to Veterans Considering Enrolling in School

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the GI Bill Comparison Tool Improvement Act. This bill would increase transparency for veterans when choosing where to enroll in school by adding a metric to the GI Bill Comparison Tool identifying which educational institutions allow veterans to stay enrolled in classes pending receipt of GI Bill funds. "We want all veterans to have the tools necessary to … Continue Reading


09.17.18

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Comprehensive Legislation to Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Opioid Crisis Response Act, a comprehensive bill to address the growing opioid epidemic in the United States: "The legislation we passed today takes an important step toward ending the heartbreaking issue of opioid addiction," said Rounds. "Opioid addiction does not discriminate-it can affect men and women of all ages and of all races, in any town in the United States, including in… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Rounds Statement on Executive Order to Protect Election Security

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, today issued the following statement on the Executive Order President Trump signed to impose sanctions on foreign countries or people who interfere in U.S. elections: "Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of our republic. Today's executive order draws a clear line in the sand and puts our adversaries on notice that we will not tolerate any meddling in our election process. All sa… Continue Reading

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