Press Releases

03.13.18

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at Cybersecurity Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, today delivered opening remarks at a hearing to receive testimony on the cyber posture of each branch of our armed forces. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: The Cybersecurity Subcommittee meets today to receive testimony on the cyber posture of each branch of our armed forces from: Vice Admiral Michael Gilday, Commander, Fleet Cyber Command; Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, C… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Dakota Dunes Student Offered Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Dakota Valley High School student Meredith Lammers has been offered a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, which she intends to accept. Lammers, the daughter of Gary and Lori Lammers of Dakota Dunes, received a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy from Rounds. "I congratulate Meredith on her offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy," said Rounds. "Her desire to serve her country is admirable, and she… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Bipartisan Senators: Our Country Needs a Cyber Deterrence Strategy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee, joined a group of bipartisan senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee in a letter to President Trump urging the completion and announcement of our nation's cyber deterrence strategy. In the letter, the senators emphasized the urgent need for a cyber deterrence strategy, stating, "The lack of decisive and clearly articulated consequences to cyber-attacks against our country has … Continue Reading


03.08.18

Rounds Statement on Tariff Announcement

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on President Trump's tariff announcement: "While I appreciate the president's attempt to bolster the U.S. steel and aluminum industries, I remain concerned about the negative consequences this policy change could generate. Producers in South Dakota are rightly concerned about disruptions in the trade market. If other countries decide to retaliate, it may impact our sales of corn, wheat, soybeans, livestock and other … Continue Reading


03.08.18

Rounds: FARM Act will Prevent Farmers and Ranchers from Being Subject to Needless EPA Regulations

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 held a legislative hearing on the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, which he introduced earlier this year with seven of his colleagues, and is now cosponsored by 33 other senators. One of the witnesses at the hearing was Todd Mortenson, owner and operator of Mortenson Ranch in Hayes, S.D. "Cattle producers p… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on FARM Act

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 "Legislative Hearing on S. 2421, the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act." Rounds introduced the FARM Act with a bipartisan group of senators earlier this year. "American farmers and ranchers are already required to comply with multiple federal regulation… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Rounds: Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act Will Strengthen America’s Financial System, Expand Economic Opportunities

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, of which he is an original cosponsor. This legislation, which includes seven of Rounds' provisions, will provide much-needed regulatory relief to community banks and credit unions, whose ability to serve their customers has been made more difficult since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act i… Continue Reading


03.05.18

Rounds Asks Army Corps for Update on Steps it is Taking to Avoid Flood

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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, wrote to Army Corps Assistant Secretary R.D. James to ask for a briefing on the 2018 Missouri River management plan. Recent reports show that mountain snowpack is already above average in the Upper Missouri River Basin, with most of the snowpack expected to accumulate in the coming months. The melting snowpack in the sprin… Continue Reading


02.21.18

Rounds, Colleagues Urge President to Re-Engage in TPP

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined 25 of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump supporting his recent comments about re-engaging in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations. "Reducing barriers to trade and investment, protecting American intellectual property rights and leveling the playing field for U.S. businesses, manufacturers, farmers, fishermen and ranchers is of utmost importance, and we ask that you prioritize engagement with the TPP so that the… Continue Reading


02.13.18

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Provide Certainty for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, along with seven of his Senate colleagues, today introduced the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act. The bipartisan bill would protect farmers, ranchers and livestock markets from burdensome Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reporting requirements for animal waste emissions. These requirements were not intended to affect animal agriculture and instead were meant to address … Continue Reading


02.13.18

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at Cybersecurity Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, today delivered his opening statement at the subcommittee's hearing on the Department of Defense's role in protecting democratic elections. "There is no dispute about what Russia did during the 2016 election cycle," said Rounds in his opening statement. "There is clear evidence that Russia attempted to undermine our democratic process through the these issues with a hacking of inde… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Rounds, Colleagues Urge VA to Honor Veterans’ Emergency Care Claims

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, along with 11 of his Senate colleagues, today sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to request that the VA reimburse veterans who were billed for emergency treatment at private hospitals. In January, the VA announced that it would not retroactively reimburse veterans for their emergency treatment despite a court decision that ruled the VA is responsible for… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Rounds Statement on Judge Wollman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on Judge Roger Wollman's decision to take senior status on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and will soon complete his regular active service. "I thank Judge Wollman for his service to our state and his lifetime commitment to our legal system," said Rounds. "Originally appointed by President Ronald Reagan, Judge Wollman has spent his career faithfully upholding the principles of the Const… Continue Reading


02.09.18

Providing Obamacare Relief for South Dakotans

Obamacare premiums rose 20 percent for South Dakotans this year, and I continue to hear stories of fewer health care options and out-of-control health care costs as a result of the ill-advised Affordable Care Act. While repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a consumer-driven, truly affordable system remains a top priority for me, we continue to take meaningful steps to provide Americans relief from this law. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helped relieve Americans from Obamacare, by including pro… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Rounds: Defense Appropriations Bill Brings Much-Needed Stability to Defense Department and Improves Military Readiness

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support the defense appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018. During last month's continuing resolution negotiations, Rounds pushed to schedule a vote on the defense appropriations bill and received assurances from leadership that it would be brought to the floor in a timely manner. "Providing long-term funding stability for our armed forces is v… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Rounds Introduces Bill Incentivizing Community Banks to Provide Credit to Small Businesses and Farms

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today introduced the Access Business Credit Act of 2018. This legislation would incentivize community banks to provide loans to small businesses and farmers by excluding from a lender's income interest earned on small business loans and loans secured by farm land. "South Dakota's community banks provide the capital … Continue Reading


01.30.18

Rounds Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, President Trump laid out a long-term vision for our country," said Rounds. "Last year during his address to Congress, the president discussed his ideas for what we want our country to look like in the year 2026, America's 250th birthday. I, too, have shared my vision for our country in 2026, and I am pleased tonight's speech continued to build on a long-term visio… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Rounds Joins 35 Senators in Letter to President Outlining Benefits of NAFTA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with 35 of his colleagues, today sent a letter to President Trump highlighting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the United States and outlining how President Trump can improve the agreement. "NAFTA supports 14 million jobs, representing thousands of jobs in each of the 50 states," the senators wrote. "Despite all of its benefits, however, we can do better and there are opportunities to improve the agreement.… Continue Reading


01.29.18

Rounds Statement on Senate Vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), an original cosponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, today made the following statement after it failed to receive enough votes to advance in the Senate: "We have an obligation to defend the dignity of all life, from conception to natural death," said Rounds. "Unborn children feel pain at the 20 week mark of pregnancy, and are even able to begin to hear at that point in the second trimester. The United States is one of only seven c… Continue Reading


01.26.18

Rounds Nominates Sioux Falls Student Ryan Berry to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he has nominated Sioux Falls student Ryan Berry to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Berry is the son of Thomas and Laurie Berry of Sioux Falls and attends Holy Family High School in Broomfield, CO. He is one of 23 students Rounds has nominated to the service academies for the 2018 school year. "It's an honor to nominate Ryan to the U.S. Military Academy," said Rounds. "Ryan worked hard to maintain high academic standards and… Continue Reading

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