Press Releases

07.29.19

Rounds, Tester Introduce Legislation to Streamline Education Benefits for Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are introducing bipartisan legislation to provide timelier education benefits to student veterans across the country. Excessive bureaucracy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has caused significant delays in education benefits to veterans participating in the VA Work-Study Allowance Program. The program allows student veterans- whether on campus, at VA facilities or at other veteran-centered organizations- to … Continue Reading


07.29.19

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to introduce the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Companion legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives. "Our immigration system is flawed and too many individuals are manipulating our generous asylum laws to illegally enter the U.S.," said Rounds. "Asylum is meant to provide a safe haven for individuals fleeing persecution. It … Continue Reading


07.25.19

Rounds, Heinrich Urge Swift Senate Action to Permanently Repeal Cadillac Tax

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the bipartisan leads of Senate legislation to permanently repeal the 'Cadillac Tax,' today urged Senate leadership to swiftly take up their bipartisan legislation to repeal a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as the "Cadillac Tax," which taxes high-cost health insurance plans and impacts middle-class health benefits. "At a time when health care expenses continue to go up, and Congress remains divided on … Continue Reading


07.24.19

Rounds Statement on HHS Inspector General Report of Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department Closure and Reopening

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) management of the closure and reopening of the Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department: "The OIG report examining the closure and reopening of the Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department underscores the need for a comprehensive assessment of IHS," said Rounds. "While the report's fin… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Rounds, Hirono Reintroduce Legislation to Promote Veteran Small Business Exports

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, reintroduced the Veterans Small Business Export Promotion Act. The bill would amend the Small Business Act to waive up-front guarantee fees for veterans and their spouses participating in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) export promotion loan programs. "Our legislation seeks to help South Dakota veterans looking to start or grow a small business when their s… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Following House Passage, Rounds and Heinrich Urge Swift Senate Action to Permanently Repeal Cadillac Tax

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the bipartisan leads of Senate legislation to permanently repeal the 'Cadillac Tax,' applauded the House of Representatives' passage of the measure. They also called on the Senate to quickly take up their bill so it can be signed into law. "I'm pleased the House voted to permanently repeal the 'Cadillac Tax'," said Rounds. "Too many families are already suffering under Obamacare, and unless we repeal the Cadillac Tax, t… Continue Reading


07.16.19

Rounds Questions Defense Secretary Nominee Mark Esper at Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned Secretary of Defense Nominee Dr. Mark Esper at his confirmation hearing. Esper, who retired from the Army in 2007, previously served as the Secretary of the Army and the Acting Secretary of Defense. "Dr. Esper's background in the military, civilian government positions and business make him eminently qualified to lead the Department of Defense (DOD)," said Rounds. "During his confirma… Continue Reading


07.10.19

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Repeal Antiquated, Hostile Laws Directed Toward Native Americans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and U.S. Reps. Tom O'Halleran (D-Ariz.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act. Their legislation would repeal several outdated federal laws that are discriminatory against Native Americans, including laws that allow for the forced removal of Native American children from their homes to be se… Continue Reading


07.09.19

Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Make RFS Small Refinery Waiver Process More Transparent

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) cosponsored the bipartisan RFS Integrity Act of 2019. This legislation seeks to provide more certainty for producers by bringing transparency and predictability to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) small refinery exemption process. The bill would require small refineries to petition for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) hardship exemptions by June 1st of each year. This change would make sure that EPA properly accounts for exempted gallons in the a… Continue Reading


07.01.19

Ten South Dakota Students Nominated by Rounds to Begin Studies at U.S. Service Academies

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that ten South Dakota students he nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy have been accepted to be members of the Class of 2023 at their respective academies. He also announced that his office is currently accepting nomination applications for the Class of 2024. Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2019. More information on the nomination process can be found HERE. The followin… Continue Reading


07.01.19

Mike and Jean Thank South Dakotans for Overwhelming Support, Provide Update on Jean’s Cancer Treatment

FORT PIERRE - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and his wife, Jean, today provided the following update regarding Jean's cancer treatment: "As other families who have experienced a cancer diagnosis know, this has been a difficult and trying time for Jean and our family. Throughout it, we've been lifted by the overwhelming support and prayers from so many. Your support has been a true source of strength during Jean's treatment." "We're pleased to report that Jean's highly-qualified team of doctors… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Rounds Provisions included FY 2020 NDAA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, secured a number of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which passed the Senate earlier today. On May 22, 2019, the NDAA was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee with Rounds' support. "While Mike is supporting Jean this week during her treatment, the impact of his work on this year's National Defense Aut… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Jean Rounds to Begin Cancer Treatment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today released the following statement regarding news that his wife, Jean, will begin cancer treatment: "Many families have successfully dealt with this and we are no different. Jean is resilient and strong, we have the support of friends and family, and Jean will receive treatment from a highly-qualified team of doctors. However, prayer has the power a human hand does not. To the countless South Dakotans who have generously asked how they can help, w… Continue Reading


06.08.19

Rounds Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Grant South Dakota’s Disaster Assistance Request Following Late-Winter Storms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement following news that the Trump administration has approved South Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration and subsequent federal assistance after late-winter storms caused significant damage to infrastructure, livestock, homes and bridges throughout the state. "I thank President Trump for recognizing the need to provide disaster assistance to South Dakota communities impacted by recent storms. This will hel… Continue Reading


06.05.19

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Support the Growth of Manufacturing and Tech-based Businesses in Rapid City, South Dakota Opportunity Zone

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is investing $3 million in the Rapid City Economic Development Foundation of Rapid City, South Dakota, to help build a new business incubator facility that will support the growth of sustainable manufacturing and technology-based businesses. The investment, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $4.5 million in lo… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Rounds, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Extend MISSION Act Deadline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced the Veterans Affairs Saving Network Appointments From Upheaval Act, otherwise known as the "VA SNAFU Act," which would delay the implementation of new access standards for non-VA healthcare providers. "The men and women who wore the uniform of the United States have earned the benefits they were promised," said Rounds. "Our legislation seeks to make sure the t… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Rounds, King Reintroduce Bill to Allow 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), today 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 Congress. Currently, there are 27 states with inspection programs, certified by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), which meet or exceed f… Continue Reading


06.04.19

After Hearing Feedback from South Dakota Producers, Rounds Sends Letter to USDA Secretary with Requests for Next Round of ‘Trade-Aid’

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that concerns from South Dakota producers be addressed in the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). USDA recently announced the 2019 MFP will provide assistance based upon 2019 planted acres, but many South Dakota farmers have been unable to plant due to wet conditions. In his letter, Rounds specifically requests USDA consider these challenges as it implements the … Continue Reading


05.23.19

Rounds Statement on Committee Approval of 2020 NDAA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and Chairman of the SASC Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, today issued the following statement on the committee's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020: "One of the primary responsibilities of the federal government is to provide for the defense of our nation," said Rounds. "I'm pleased the Senate Armed Services Committee once again came together to advance thi… Continue Reading


05.22.19

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Provide High-Speed Research Computing for Business Growth in South Dakota Opportunity Zone

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.46 million grant to Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, to help establish a high speed research network. The investment, located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.46 million in local funds. "The Trump Administration is continuing to work diligently to bring new opportunities for growth… Continue Reading

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