Press Releases

05.08.17

Rounds Statement on Senate Confirmation of Dr. Heather Wilson to be Secretary of the Air Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Heather Wilson to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Air Force. Dr. Wilson has served as president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) since June 2013. "I congratulate Dr. Wilson on her confirmation to be our next Secretary of the Air Force, and I look forward to working with her," said Rounds. "Her experience … Continue Reading


05.05.17

Rounds, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Boost Exports from Veteran Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committees, introduced the Veteran Small Business Export Promotion Act to make permanent the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) current policy of waiving up-front fees for veterans applying for its Export Express, Export Working Capital and International Trade loans of $150,000 or less. The policy, which began in 2013 and has been … Continue Reading


05.04.17

Delegation Meets With New VA Secretary David Shulkin to Discuss Future of Hot Springs Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and John Thune (R-S.D.), and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today issued the following statements after meeting with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, who told the delegation he is still reviewing the decision by the Obama administration to close the Hot Springs facility. Secretary Shulkin noted that clinical operations in Hot Springs will continue for the time being,… Continue Reading


05.01.17

Rounds Cosponsors Marketplace Fairness Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, is an original cosponsor of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017. This legislation would give states the right to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed under current law from out-of-state businesses or online retailers. "The Marketplace Fairness Act allows us to collect sales taxes from internet sellers just like retailers collect sales taxes on Main Street," said Rounds. "Brick and mortar sto… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Rounds Welcomes Trump’s Prioritization of Veterans’ Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today welcomed President Trump's executive order to establish the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The executive order appoints a special assistant to serve as executive director of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within 45 days of the signing of the order. "I thank President Trump for taking steps to… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Rounds Chairs First SASC Cyber Subcommittee Open Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, today chaired the first open hearing of the SASC Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. The hearing focused on cyber-enabled information operations to include the gathering and dissemination of information in the cyber domain. "Disinformation and 'fake news' pose a unique national security challenge for any society that values freedom of speech and a free press," Rounds sai… Continue Reading


04.24.17

Rounds Appointee Jonah Nelson Accepted to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Washington High School student Jonah Nelson has been offered an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which he intends to accept. Nelson, the son of Layne and Jennifer Nelson of Sioux Falls, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from Rounds. "I congratulate Jonah on his offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point," said Rounds. "Jonah excels academically a… Continue Reading


04.24.17

Rounds Announces New Staff Hire in Sioux Falls Office

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced the addition of Kyle Chase to his South Dakota staff. Chase will serve as a special assistant focusing on outreach, constituent services and tribal relations. "Kyle is a lifelong South Dakotan who will be a tremendous asset to our team," said Rounds. "I am particularly excited for him to continue our work with tribal members as we continue to seek solutions to the unique circumstances they face. He will be an excellent addition to our ef… Continue Reading


04.21.17

Rounds Appointee Accepted to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

WATERTOWN-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Watertown High School student Zachariah Markel has been offered an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which he intends to accept. Markel, the son of Robert L. and Carol Ann Markel of Watertown, received a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from Rounds. "I congratulate Zachariah on his offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point," said Rounds. "It is clear that Zac… Continue Reading


04.12.17

Rounds, Hirono Introduce Bill to Support Military Families, Quality of Life and Retention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill to codify in law the provisions of the Department of Defense regulation that directs military finance offices to reimburse service members for off-base housing expenses during long-term temporary duty. "Our service members and their families make incredible sacrifices to keep us safe," said Rounds. "They shouldn't be faced with unnecessary st… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Rounds, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Give Purple Heart Recipients Full Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation to add Purple Heart recipients to the list of eligible veterans who can access full Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It also includes a provision to make Purple Heart recipients eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is an optional program for universities to provide additional funding… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Rounds Speaks in Support of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Be Confirmed to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. "Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has proven time and again that he is exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court," said Rounds in his floor speech. "The knowledge and careful deliberation he will bring to the court will result in rulings that reflect justice, fairness, and an interpretation of what the law is and what Congres… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Rounds, Warner Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Financial Stability to Muni Bonds

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens .Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to allow high quality municipal debt to be classified at a level equivalent to debt issued by corporations. Debt sold by state and local governments is currently excluded from consideration under a rule requiring banks to hold enough high quality liquid assets to fund their operations for 30 days. This exclusion may create a disincentive for ba… Continue Reading


03.31.17

Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Increase Benefits for Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, cosponsored the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation to increase veterans' disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill was introduced by U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, respectively, and cosponsored by every member of the … Continue Reading


03.30.17

Rounds joins Thune in Introducing Dr. Heather Wilson at SASC Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) today joined Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) in introducing Dr. Heather Wilson at her confirmation hearing to be Secretary of the Air Force. Dr. Wilson has been president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) since 2013. Watch Rounds' reemarks by clicking here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. Chairman it is my honor to join Senator Thune in supporting Dr. Heather Wilson's … Continue Reading


03.29.17

Rounds’ RESPECT Act Legislation Passes Indian Affairs Committee Unanimously

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after his Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act passed out of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee with unanimous support: "I thank Chairman John Hoeven and the members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for unanimously passing the RESPECT Act today," said Rounds. "The RESPECT Act would repeal a number of outdated federal laws that are discriminatory toward Nati… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Rounds Announces Promotion of Tyler Tordsen to Southeast Regional Director

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced the promotion of Tyler Tordsen to Southeast Regional Director. Tordsen has spent the last two years working in Rounds' Pierre office as a special assistant, focusing on outreach, tribal relations, constituent services and local governments. "Tyler has been a tremendous asset to our team since the day he started," said Rounds. "A lifelong South Dakotan, his strategic vision and passion for helping others have played a vital role in our co… Continue Reading


03.28.17

SASC Cyber Subcommittee Chairman Mike Rounds Hosts Informal Meeting with Israeli Directorate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today hosted an informal meeting between members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and members of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, including Director Dr. Eviatar Matania. "Israel is at the forefront of cyber technology, and I am grateful Dr. Matania was able to join us today to discuss cyber threats," said Rounds. "During our meetings, we had a healthy discussion about where the U.S. and Israel can expand our strong relationship to fur… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Rounds Statement on Executive Order to Roll Back Clean Power Plan Regulations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator 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 made the following statement on President Trump's executive order to limit the Clean Power Plan rule. "Over the past eight years, American innovation, job creation and economic growth have been smothered by heavy-handed federal regulations imposed by unelected bureaucrats," said Round… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Rounds, Donnelly Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Veteran Credit Scores

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would protect the credit ratings of veterans wrongly penalized by medical bill payment delays by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "When veterans receive care in the community, they shouldn't have to worry about a delayed payment from the VA negatively impacting their credit score," said Rounds. "Our legislation would make sure that veterans are protected from me… Continue Reading

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