Press Releases

07.11.17

Group of Senators Comment On August Recess Delay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD), David Perdue (R-GA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Luther Strange (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) comment on Majority Leader McConnell's decision to cancel the first two weeks of the Senate's scheduled August state work period: "We are glad leadership took our concerns into consideration. It is time to get results for the American people." On June 30,… Continue Reading


07.10.17

Rounds Supports USDA Decision to Open CRP Acres for Haying

WASHINGTON - Showing support, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to open up Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for haying in all South Dakota counties from July 16, 2017 - August 30, 2017. Last month, Rounds and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to provide timely assistance to counties currently facing extreme drought conditions. Since then, USDA has open… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Rounds Statement on Committee Passage of Annual Defense Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today issued the following statement on the committee's approval of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. During debate, 277 amendments - offered by both Republican and Democrats - were considered, many of which were adopted. The committee voted unanimously to send the bill to the full Senate floor for consideration. "This year's NDAA takes important steps to rebui… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Rounds Supports USDA Decision to open CRP Acres for Grazing

WASHINGTON - Showing support, U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to open up South Dakota CRP acres for grazing in areas categorized as D2 (severe drought) or D3 (extreme drought) until September 30, 2017. Last week, Rounds and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to provide timely assistance to counties currently facing extreme drought conditions. "I thank Secretary … Continue Reading


06.21.17

Rounds, Casey, Booker Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Prenatal Care for Military Families

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced bipartisan legislation to make certain that pregnant women covered by TRICARE have the opportunity to receive critical, expedited prenatal care upon the first detection of a birth defect in utero. The TRICARE Treatment for Fetal Repair Improvement Act would help make certain that a pregnant woman covered under TRICARE, a Department of Defense program that provides health care to military personnel … Continue Reading


06.19.17

Rounds, Durbin Introduce Bill to Help Families of Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today introduced legislation to help make certain wounded warriors and their families are fully aware of the services available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) caregiver program. The Caregiver Program Information Improvement Act of 2017 would require the caregiver program to be added to the list of statutorily-mandated counseling items for service members pending separation from the Department of Defense.… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Rounds, Thune Urge USDA to Provide Timely Drought Assistance, Open CRP Acres for Haying and Grazing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D. and John Thune (R-S.D.) today urged U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Sonny Perdue to provide timely assistance to counties currently facing extreme drought conditions, and if drought conditions worsen, as expected, to be ready to provide expedited assistance to counties that will likely soon be in extreme drought conditions and eligible for assistance from the Livestock Forage Program (LFP). In their letter to Perdue, Thune and Rounds al… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Rounds: Today's VA Announcement will Save Countless Veterans from Incurring Improper Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today praised the announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken steps to comply with the Emergency Care Fairness Act (ECFA) and begin covering the emergency care costs of veterans with third-party health insurance when that insurance doesn't cover the full amount of non-VA emergency care. Since the ECFA has been enacted, an estimated 370,000 claims have been in limbo, forcing t… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Rounds: Bipartisan E-15 Legislation Benefits Consumers, Corn Producers Alike

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today at a hearing discussed the Consumer and Fuel Retailers Choice Act, which would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver and lift the summertime ban on E-15 gasoline. Doing so would provide regulatory certainty and increase economic opportunity for business owners who sell E-15 and other higher-ethanol/gasoline fuel blends. "The corn industry in the state of South Dakota… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Rounds Statement on End of Ban on U.S. Beef Imports to China

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after the administration announced the end of the ban on U.S. beef imports to China: "Agriculture is South Dakota's number one industry, with nearly 3.85 million head of cattle," said Rounds. "I am pleased with the administration's announcement and am glad we are now able to export our high-quality beef to China. Opening up this new, lucrative market will create substantial opportunities for South Dakota ranchers an… Continue Reading


06.09.17

Rounds Calls for Administration to Reverse Obama-Era Regulations Limiting Consumer Choice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined 13 of his colleagues in sending a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price encouraging the administration to reverse Obama-era regulations that limit consumers' ability to purchase short-term, limited duration insurance plans. These plans offer consumers a variety of health benefits and are another option for health coverage, but a recent regulation decreased the maximum policy length of short-term plans from 364 days to just 90 days. As a result of th… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Rounds, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Provide Flexibility Regarding Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits for Family Members

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to allow more flexibility in allocating Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to survivors of service members. The bipartisan Increasing Transferability of Entitlement to Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Act of 2017 would allow survivors of deceased service members, who had Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits transferred to them, to reallocate those … Continue Reading


06.08.17

Support Grows for Rounds’ Legislation to Provide Relief to Community Banks & Credit Unions

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today heard from a panel of community bank and credit union CEOs about the negative impact federal regulations are having on their ability to serve their customers. Specifically, the panel agreed that two of Rounds' bills to provide regulatory relief to small-and-medium-sized banks, The Home Mortgage and Disclosure Adjustment Act (HMDA) and The TAILOR Act, would be beneficial to their consumers. Rounds to th… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Rounds, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief for Community Financial Institutions

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act. This bipartisan legislation would provide regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions by exempting them from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) revised Regulation C final rule, which amends the 1975 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Additional cosponsors include Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Joe Donnel… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of VA Accountability Legislation

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs' Committee, today made the following statement on the Senate passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. This bipartisan bill would reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing the secretary to remove bad employees and protect whistleblowers from retaliation. Rounds is an original cosponsor of this legislation. "Today, the Senate took anothe… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Rounds Statement on President’s Decision to Exit Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement: "The Paris Climate Agreement placed costly new energy restrictions on the United States, which would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher electricity prices," said Rounds. "President Trump understands that we cannot put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world, thereby shackling our economy and raising electricit… Continue Reading


05.24.17

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Provide Tax Relief to Every South Dakota Family and Business

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation that reduces the average South Dakota family's tax burden by 16 percent. This is accomplished by a simple 2 percent rate cut in each tax bracket. "Throughout our history, when government regulations and taxes have been moderated, economic freedom and prosperity thrive," said Rounds. "There is a direct correlation between government policies and the economy. In recent history, both President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, an… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Rounds, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Improve Career Opportunities for Returning Veterans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans To Enhance Studies Through (TEST) Accessibility Act to help returning veterans transition into civilian life. Under current law, veterans are required to use a full month of their Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility to be reimbursed for licensing, certification and national tests, such as those required to be an athletic trainer, fire fighter or medic… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Rounds Notes Importance of Trade for South Dakota Ag Products in Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to recently-confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, to follow up on a recent meeting they held to discuss the importance of trade for South Dakota's agricultural sector. "We are in clear agreement on the benefits of opening new markets for U.S. beef exports, lowering tariffs on American agricultural products and maintaining our relationships to countries within the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NA… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Rounds, Colleagues Request Farm Service Agency Loan Funding

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined a group of 28 Senators in a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture urging them to support robust funding for the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) loan programs. FSA provides direct loans and loan guarantees to help struggling family farmers start and maintain viable farming operations. "These loans are cost-efficient and work in tandem with private credit to serve farmers in need," wrote the Senators. "Because of these loan… Continue Reading

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