Press Releases

04.30.18

Rounds, Thune Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Pushing EPA Administrator Pruitt for Year-Round E15 Waiver

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt highlighting the benefits of year-round E15 sales. The letter comes weeks after the president indicated he supported such a waiver. Thune and Rounds want Pruitt to provide an expected timeline for an administrative Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, and they request that the agency allow for the sale of E15 d… Continue Reading


04.30.18

Fort Pierre Student Accepted to U.S. Air Force Academy

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Stanley County High School student Ryan Habeck has been offered an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, which he intends to accept. Habeck, the son of Clint and Melissa Habeck of Fort Pierre, received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy from Rounds. "I congratulate Ryan on his offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy," said Rounds. "As Student Council president, Ryan has shown leadership skills that will serve him… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Baltic Student Accepted to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Jayden Pittmann of Baltic has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which he intends to accept. Jayden is the son of Jason and Kristen Pittmann, and is a senior at Baltic High School. He was nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by Rounds. "I congratulate Jayden on his offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point," said Rounds. "Jayden's strong w… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Rounds Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Veterans Secure Good-Paying Jobs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), today introduced the Better Access to Technical Training, Learning, and Entrepreneurship for Servicemembers Act (BATTLE for Servicemembers Act), to better connect servicemembers with resources to secure quality education and good-paying jobs as they transition from military service to civilian life. "The men and women who serve in the U.S. military are some o… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Rounds Statement on EPA Rule to Increase Science Transparency

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on steps that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking to increase transparency at the agency. Today, Rounds and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith joined EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he signed a proposed rule that would make certain the regulatory science underlying EPA actions is fully transparent, and that the scientific information is publicly available in a manner sufficient for indepe… Continue Reading


04.17.18

Letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works


04.11.18

Rounds Receives “Award for Conservative Achievement” from American Conservative Union

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) this week received an "Award for Conservative Achievement" from the American Conservative Union (ACU) for consistently voting to uphold conservative principles. "We commend Senator Rounds for his support of conservative values, and applaud his votes to confirm conservatives such as Mick Mulvaney, Besty DeVos and Ajit Pai," said Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the ACU. "His votes to pass comprehensive tax reform, repeal Obamacare, and confirm true conservat… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Rounds Statement on China Tariff Proposal

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on China's proposed tariffs on U.S. products, including corn, soybeans and beef products: "While I support the administration's desire to negotiate better trade deals, I've continuously expressed my concern about retaliation from other countries. The new tariffs China is proposing on soybeans and other U.S. goods is a prime example. With planting season about to start and the farm economy still lagging, South Dakota f… Continue Reading


04.04.18

Rounds Urges VA to Make Timely Payments to Community Providers

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie to request the VA address its reimbursement process for community providers, and to reimburse old claims dating back to September 30, 2016, and older that the VA has rejected as ineligible. "According to the VA's policy, claims from September 30, 2016, and older are no longer eligible for reimbursement," wr… Continue Reading


03.30.18

Rapid City Resident Accepted to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

PIERRE -U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Coby Mack of Rapid City has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which he intends to accept. Coby is the son of Heidi Bestgen and Troy Mack, the stepson of Branden Bestgen, and is a graduate of Andover High School in Andover, Mass. He was nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by Rounds. "I congratulate Coby on his offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at … Continue Reading


03.23.18

Rounds: Omnibus Bill Includes Important South Dakota Priorities, Adequately Funds Armed Forces

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018, which he supported: "While I continue to be frustrated with Washington's broken budget process, I voted to support the omnibus because it includes a significant increase in military spending - the biggest increase since the War on Terror began. This increased funding will allow our armed forces… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Rounds Pushes Senate to Include Health Care Market Stabilization Legislation in Omnibus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support an amendment to the pending omnibus bill that would stabilize the health insurance market and lower premiums for South Dakota families. The amendment, which is being offered by Sen. Susan Collins and cosponsored by Rounds, was filed earlier today. If enacted, it will decrease premiums for those enrolled in Obamacare's individual market by 20-40 percent. Additionally, the nonpartisan Con… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Rounds Statement on 199A Fix in Omnibus Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the inclusion of a legislative fix to section 199A of the tax code in the omnibus: "Cooperatives and grain operators alike provide a vital service to our farming community and contribute significantly to South Dakota's economy," said Rounds. "The inclusion of Section 199A in the tax law was always to maintain the status quo for the agricultural sector, not to give an unfair advantage to cooperatives over inde… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Rounds Statement on H-2B Provisions in Omnibus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the inclusion of language in the omnibus that provides a path for the administration to increase the number of H-2B visas by 69,000 for Fiscal Year 2018: "With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, South Dakota's workforce depends on temporary, H-2B visa workers to fill important short-term, seasonal jobs each year when employers are unable to find American workers to fill them. While the omnibu… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Rounds Statement on Welcome Delay of ELD Rule for Live-Load Truckers in Omnibus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the inclusion of language to exempt live-load truckers from ELD rules for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 in the omnibus: "I'm pleased that a delay to the ELD rule for live-load truckers was included in the omnibus spending bill currently being considered by the Senate," said Rounds. "The ELD rule could have a significant impact on not only live-load truckers but the ag economy as a whole. I've been in cont… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Provide Justice to Victims of Sex Trafficking

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, legislation that would allow victims of sex trafficking to seek justice against websites such as Backpage.com that knowingly facilitate the crimes against them. Rounds is a cosponsor of this legislation. "Websites that make a profit by providing a platform for sex traffickers must be held liable," said Rounds. "The legislati… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Ellsworth Air Force Base Leaders Provide Update to Delegation

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 received an update from Colonel John Edwards and Chief Master Sergeant Adam Vizi of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base. "Ellsworth Air Force Base plays a critical role in our national defense," said Rounds. "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I continue to seek policies that protect Ellsworth and the men and women who are stationed there. I thank Colonel Edw… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Delegation Presses Veterans Affairs Secretary on Future of Hot Springs Facility

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 sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin expressing continued concern with the VA's misguided intention to realign services within the VA Black Hills Health Care System and halt any associated reduction in services at the Hot Springs facility until a national review of the VA's footprint and delivery of care is completed. The delegation also reque… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today issued the following statement on the Senate passage of S. 2155, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Rounds, an original sponsor of S. 2155, led seven different provisions included in the final legislation. "The first major overhaul of our financial system since Dodd-Frank, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act begins to undo unnecessary regu… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Rounds Statement on Additional Delay of ELD Rules for Agriculture Commodities

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DoT) decision to issue an additional 90-day delay of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rules for live-load truckers. Originally scheduled to take effect in December 2017, today's announcement delays implementation until June 17, 2018. "I thank Secretary Chao and other DoT officials for recognizing the need for additional time to continue to seek stakeholder input regar… Continue Reading

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