Press Releases

05.05.22

Rounds, Smith Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation Expanding Mental Health Services in Rural America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan group of senators in reintroducing legislation to expand telemental health services in rural areas. The Home-Based Telemental Health Care Act would establish a grant program for health providers to expand telemental health services for those specifically in rural populations working in farming, forestry and fishing industries. Additional cosponsors include Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ar… Continue Reading


05.03.22

Rounds Delivers Opening Remarks at Cybersecurity Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, delivered opening remarks today at a subcommittee hearing on AI applications to operations in cyberspace. Video of the remarks is available here. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: I would like to thank our witnesses for appearing at our hearing today. The topic of today's hearing is one that is of particular interest to me. Over the last few years, this subcomm… Continue Reading


05.03.22

Rounds Issues Statement on Leaked Supreme Court Draft Decision

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after the leak of a draft decision authored by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: "Our Framers intended for the Supreme Court to be an independent judiciary, separate and distinct from the executive and legislative branches. The information being reported on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case was wrongfully leaked from the Court. The Court should investiga… Continue Reading


04.29.22

South Dakotan Testifies on Behalf of Rounds’ RESPECT Act

WASHINGTON - Tamara St. John, archivist for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and a member of the South Dakota State House of Representatives, testified in support of Senator Mike Rounds' (R-S.D.) legislation that would repeal discriminatory federal laws targeting Native Americans. During a legislative hearing of the United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States, St. John testified on behalf of S. 789, the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encou… Continue Reading


04.29.22

Rounds, Cruz and Colleagues Oppose Biden’s DOJ Expanding Firearm Definitions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and 20 colleagues have introduced a Congressional Review Act Joint Resolution of Disapproval (CRA) to prohibit President Biden's Department of Justice from implementing a new rule to expand firearm definitions. The Biden administration wants to institute a final rule redefining a "firearm" under federal law to not only mean a complete product, but also its individual parts, often included in a weapons parts kit. If imple… Continue Reading


04.28.22

Rounds’ Bill Protecting Veterans Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds' (R-S.D.) legislation to reduce the cost burden faced by veterans for emergency care received outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs has unanimously passed the Senate. The Veterans' Emergency Care Claims Parity Act would prevent veterans from being held liable for payment of medical bills due to errors by the VA or by non-VA health care providers in submitting emergency care claims. The measure would also legislate a 180-day deadline from the date of… Continue Reading


04.13.22

Rounds, Cramer and Hoeven Introduce the Landowner Easement Rights Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced the Landowner Easement Rights Act. This bill will prohibit the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from entering into a conservation easement with a term of more than 50 years. It will also give owners of existing easements the option to renegotiate, renew or buy out the easement. "The Landowner Easement Rights Act protects the private property rights of Sou… Continue Reading


04.12.22

Rounds, Johnson Introduce Traveler’s Gun Rights Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced the Traveler's Gun Rights Act. This bill would update federal law to account for various residency-related issues facing full-time Recreational Vehicle (RV) travelers, individuals with multiple physical residences, active duty military personnel and military spouses. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.). "The Traveler's Gun Rights Act removes an unfair prohibition faci… Continue Reading


04.08.22

Rounds, Manchin to Biden: Don’t Cut VA Medical Services for Elderly Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, led a group of ten bipartisan senators in calling on President Biden to consult with Congress and local stakeholders on a state-by-state basis on the potential impacts the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission recommendations would have on elderly Veterans. "We write to you today expressing our extreme concern with the VA's recommendations to the Asset and In… Continue Reading


04.07.22

Rounds Calls on VA Secretary to Address Failure at Sioux Falls VA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough this week expressing his concerns with the failure in leadership at the Sioux Falls VA (SFVA) and the Veterans Integrated Services Network 23 (VISN 23). The letter follows up on a recent meeting between Rounds and McDonough, where they discussed ongoing issues at the SFVA. Specifically, Rounds made McDonough aware that whistleblowers who have contacted his congressional office with con… Continue Reading


04.06.22

Rounds Delivers Opening Remarks at Subcommittee Hearing on Rural Transit

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, today delivered opening remarks at a subcommittee hearing on public transportation in rural communities. Video of the remarks is available here. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madame Chair, and thank you to our witnesses for taking the time to attend today's hearing and share your ex… Continue Reading


04.04.22

Rounds Issues Statement on SCOTUS Nomination Vote

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement announcing his intent to oppose the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States: "While I acknowledge and appreciate the historic nature of this nomination, for there has never been an African American woman nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Senate's responsibility to provide 'advice and consent' on executive nominations requires full scrutiny of the nominee'… Continue Reading


04.04.22

Rounds Submits Comment on “Product of USA” Label

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) responded to a solicitation for comments from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regarding the "Product of USA" label in the Federal Register. FSIS is currently seeking feedback to determine the value consumers place on the "Product of USA" label. Full text of this comment can be found below. Interested parties can submit their comments on this petition here. "While I am pleased that the USDA is undertaking a review to strengthen the "P… Continue Reading


03.29.22

Rounds Meets with SCOTUS Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) released the following statement after meeting with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden's nominee to the United States Supreme Court: "I appreciated the opportunity to visit with Judge Jackson today. I came into our meeting with an open mind and take seriously the Senate's responsibility to provide 'advice and consent' on Judge Jackson's lifetime nomination. In the days ahead of her final confirmation vote, I will continue to examine her judici… Continue Reading


03.28.22

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Increase Capital, Investment Opportunities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, introduced the Increasing Opportunities for Retail Investors Act. This legislation would increase both access to capital for new companies and opportunities for retail investors. "Companies need a way to raise capital without the regulatory burden of a traditional Initial Public Offering," said Rounds. "Additionally, individuals, not just investment firms, need more opportunitie… Continue Reading


03.24.22

Rounds Reintroduces Legislation to Increase Access to Capital for Startups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, reintroduced the Developing and Empowering our Aspiring Leaders (DEAL) Act this week. This legislation would work to increase capital for small businesses by encouraging more investment by venture capital firms. The DEAL Act is supported by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). "South Dakota entrepreneurs and startups need access … Continue Reading


03.24.22

Rounds, Kaine, Boozman and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Hiring of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Military Spouse Hiring Act, legislation which would amend the tax code to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses. Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.-19). "Our service members and their families are willing to sacrifice so much for our country," said Rounds. "One of these sacrific… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Rounds, Hagerty and Senate Colleagues Call on Biden Administration to Take Action to Lower Record-High Fertilizer Prices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and 17 Senate colleagues are raising their concern to President Joe Biden regarding record increases in fertilizer prices approaching the spring planting season. As ongoing supply-chain bottlenecks and the rising cost of energy, among other factors, send fertilizer prices soaring, and with the potential of Russia's invasion of Ukraine to create additional disruptions, the senators are urging the Biden administration to imme… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Manchin, Rounds to President Biden: Absence of Rural Representation on VA AIR Commission is Concerning

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC), are leading the effort to make certain rural perspectives are taken into consideration by the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission. In a letter to President Biden, the Senators expressed their concerns that all those who have been nominated to serve on the AIR Commission are from heavily populated urban areas. Additionally, the Senators request that th… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Rounds, Thune and Johnson Fight to Keep VA Medical Facilities Open Despite Biden Administration’s Plans to Close or Downsize

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today expressed their frustration and concern with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission to close or downsize several VA health care facilities in South Dakota. "The VA's recommendations to the AIR Commission should seek to expand and improve access to health care. Instead, the VA has issued proposa… Continue Reading

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