Press Releases

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


09.10.18

Rounds Nominates the Roth Family of Summerset for Angels in Adoption Award

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he has nominated Wes and Kimberly Roth of Summerset for this year's Angels in Adoption Award, presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCAI), of which Rounds is a member. Wes and Kimberly have two adopted children, Kaleb and Elsie. "I'm honored to nominate Wes and Kimberly Roth to be this year's Angels in Adoption," said Rounds. "Wes and Kimberly have not only created a loving home for Kaleb and Elsie, but they give gene… Continue Reading


08.29.18

Rounds Statement on Decision to Block Proposed Tariffs on Newsprint

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) stopped the proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint. Earlier this year, Rounds joined Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) in a letter to the ITC urging the organization to oppose these tariffs. "We support the ITC's decision to block tariffs on newsprint imported from Canada, which many of South Dakota's local newspapers rely on to print their publ… Continue Reading


08.27.18

Rounds Statement on Proposed Trade Agreement with Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the administration's announcement that the U.S. has reached a two-year trade agreement with Mexico. "As South Dakota's top two export markets, maintaining strong trade relationships with Mexico and Canada is vitally important. Today's announcement that a two-year trade deal has been reached with Mexico is a step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go to provide long-term trade stability fo… Continue Reading


08.25.18

Rounds Statement on the Passing of John McCain

FORT PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): "John McCain was a true American hero who spent his life serving our country," said Rounds. "Our men and women in uniform had no better ally than John McCain, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served alongside him on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He leaves behind a legacy of leadership we can all admire. J… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Rounds Statement on HQLA Interim Final Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today issued the following statement after the announcement of the interim final rule regarding the treatment of certain municipal securities as high-quality liquid assets (HQLA) by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: "The ability to access capital is critically important for communities across South Dakota … Continue Reading


08.22.18

Rounds Touts Jon Kobes’ Sound Counsel, Wide Range of Experience During Confirmation Hearing to be Circuit Judge on the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced Jonathan A. Kobes at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kobes, of Sioux Falls, serves on Rounds' staff as general counsel. If confirmed, he will replace Judge Roger Wollman as a Circuit Judge on the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. "It is through his experience and our interactions working together that I am confident he possesses the essential qualities needed to excel as a federal judge," said R… Continue Reading


08.21.18

Rounds Meets with EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and Chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, today met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to discuss a number of issues important to South Dakotans, including year-round sales of E15, small refinery waivers and the proposed rewrite of the Clean Power Plan. "I thank Acting Administrator Wheeler … Continue Reading


08.21.18

Rounds Statement on EPA’s Proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and Chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The ACE rule, if adopted, would replace the previous administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule. "The previous administration's costly and burdensome Clean Powe… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Rounds Statement on NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019 Being Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, today made the following statement after President Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 into law. "The NDAA is one of the most important pieces of legislation we pass each year, as it provides our military personnel with the tools they need to complete their missions and keep us safe," said Rounds.… Continue Reading


08.13.18

Senator Rounds to Host Tele-Townhall on Wednesday

PIERRE - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) is inviting all South Dakotans to join him in a live, toll-free tele-townhall on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at 7:55 p.m. CT/6:55 p.m. MT to discuss issues important to South Dakotans. During the tele-townhall, Rounds will be taking live questions from participants. "During my coffee and conversation in Sioux Falls last week, I enjoyed hearing firsthand from South Dakotans about their issues and concerns," said Rounds. "This year, the Senate's traditiona… Continue Reading

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