Press Releases

02.08.17

Rounds Reintroduces RESPECT Act in 115th Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today reintroduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act. The RESPECT Act would repeal several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including laws that allow for the forced removal of Native American children from their homes to be sent to boarding schools and laws subjecting Native Americans to forced labor. "The laws that would be repealed under the RESPECT Act are a s… Continue Reading


02.02.17

President Approves South Dakota Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) issued the following statements after President Trump approved South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's request for a major disaster declaration for 24 counties and two tribal governments in South Dakota. The federal disaster assistance will help communities recover from strong winter thunderstorms and a subsequent blizzard that resulted in flooding, significant snow and ice accumulations, and high… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Rounds Questions VA Nominee Dr. David Shulkin on Future of Hot Springs During Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today questioned Dr. David Shulkin, nominee to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the future of the VA facility in Hot Springs, SD. "At the Black Hills VA System in Hot Springs, SD, there are a host of individuals there who have-since that town was created-served veterans at in-treatment facilities," said Rounds during the hearing. "They've also made it very clear that they … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Rounds: Democrat Boycott of Qualified EPA Nominee is “Childish”

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today expressed his disappointment that EPW Committee Democrats boycotted the scheduled business meeting to debate and vote on the advancement of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This boycott was despite EPW Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) giving Committee members unprecedented opportunity to question … Continue Reading


01.31.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting with Jay Clayton

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today made the following statement after his meeting with Walter J. "Jay" Clayton, whom President Trump has nominated to be Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). "I thank Mr. Clayton for meeting with me today to discuss a number of issues, including the need to protect the markets against damaging cyber threats and reducing the regulatory burden at the SEC," s… Continue Reading


01.30.17

Rounds Appointee Accepted to U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today called Madison High School student Samantha Herman to notify her of her offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Rounds was pleased to hear that Herman intends to accept the offer. Herman, the daughter of William Herman and Tara Erbentraut of Madison, received a principal nomination to the United States Air Force Academy from Rounds. "I congratulate Samantha on her offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Acade… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting with Dr. David Shulkin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today made the following statement after his meeting with Dr. David Shulkin, whom President Trump has nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I thank Dr. Shulkin for meeting with me to discuss our shared goals of fixing the systemic problems facing the VA and making our veterans the top priority," said Rounds. "During our meeting, we discussed the future of the VA heal… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Rounds Questions SBA Nominee Linda McMahon During Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today questioned Linda McMahon, nominee to be administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), on the role the agency would take to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. "Many family farms and ranches would be impacted by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule," said Rounds during the hearing. "The SBA's Office of Advocacy sent a le… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Rounds Statement on Trump’s Executive Actions to Move Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines Forward

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on President Trump's executive action to move forward with construction of the Keystone Xl and Dakota Access pipelines. "President Trump understands that pipelines provide an effective and efficient means of transporting natural resources and meeting our country's energy needs," said Rounds. "Good domestic energy policies include an 'all of the above' approach that will strengthen our economy, create jobs and en… Continue Reading


01.23.17

Rounds Statement on Heather Wilson’s Nomination to Serve as Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on the nomination of Dr. Heather Wilson, president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T), to be secretary of the Air Force: "I congratulate Dr. Wilson for being nominated to lead the Air Force," said Rounds. "While I am selfishly disappointed she won't be continuing to serve SDSM&T, our state's loss is our country's gain. Her experience as… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Rounds Questions EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt at Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW), today questioned Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt during his confirmation hearing to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "As the Attorney General, you represented the interests of your state-both your state's economy and your state's environment," said Rounds during the hearing. "But, just because you are pro-economic development does not mea… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Rounds to Chair Newly-Formed Subcommittee on Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), announced today that he will serve as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity in the 115th Congress. "It is an honor to be chosen to chair this important subcommittee, which will be tasked with oversight and legislation for policies and programs relating to the Defense Department's cyber forces and capabilities," said Rounds. "Of particular concern to me is the Defense… Continue Reading


01.17.17

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

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today called Mitchell High School student Spencer Mohr to notify him of his offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Rounds was pleased to hear that Mohr intends to accept the offer. Mohr, the son of Mike and Kim Mohr of Mitchell, received a principal nomination to the U.S. Military Academy from Rounds. He previously received an acceptance letter to the U.S. Naval Academy. "I congratulate Spencer on his offer o… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Rounds Questions General Mattis on Sequestration and Military Readiness in Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned General James Mattis during his confirmation hearing to be the Secretary of Defense. "Sometimes I think we misunderstand in this country that the number one priority that we should be looking at is the defense of our country, because if we're not free, nothing else really matters," said Rounds at the hearing. "When you talk about sequestration, we seem to have a misunderstanding that … Continue Reading


01.12.17

Rounds Receives Dr. Carson’s Commitment to Address Tribal Housing Concerns

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today questioned Dr. Ben Carson during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "There is a strong concern on the part of Native Americans in rural areas that the current formula in which funds are being distributed by HUD was not following that which had been recommended by some senior staff, and in fact was following an… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Rounds Meets with Army Corps to Discuss Snowpack Levels Along Missouri River Basin

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, today met with delegates from the Army Corps Omaha District to discuss snowfall levels and future precipitation predictions for the Missouri River in 2017. The Omaha District is tasked with managing the Missouri River basin, which underwent serious flooding in 2011. "South Dakotans remember all too well the 2011 Missouri … Continue Reading


01.09.17

Rounds Accepting Summer 2017 Internship Applications

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he is currently accepting internship applications for summer 2017. The deadline to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices is February 17, 2017. 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, sor… Continue Reading


01.06.17

Delegation Statement on VA Decision to Close Hot Springs Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today issued the following joint statement after U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald announced that the VA would close a large portion of the Hot Springs facility: "We are deeply concerned by the Obama VA's decision, which is the direct result of a flawed process and continued data discrepancies," said Thune… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Bicameral Legislation to Authorize Permanent Land Transfer for Expansion of Black Hills National Cemetery Reintroduced in First Week of 115th Congress

WASHINGTON - Members of the South Dakota congressional delegation, which includes U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), were joined today by U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) in reintroducing companion versions of the Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act, legislation that would facilitate a permanent land transfer of approximately 200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery outside of Stu… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting with General James Mattis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement following his meeting with Gen. James Mattis, whom President-elect Trump announced he will nominate to be Defense Secretary. "I thank Gen. Mattis for taking the time to meet with me today to discuss a range of issues, from cybersecurity to the F-35 and B-21 aircraft ," said Rounds. "Gen. Mattis understands the need to wisely invest more in our defense and has a keen geostrategic awareness that is crucial to rebuildin… Continue Reading

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