Press Releases

01.04.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting With Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement following his meeting with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who President-elect Trump announced he will nominate to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "I thank Mr. Pruitt for taking the time to meet with me today to discuss our shared goals of reining in an overly-expansive EPA," said Rounds. "During our meeting, Mr. Pruitt and I discussed our frustrations with the current administr… Continue Reading


01.04.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting with SBA Nominee Linda McMahon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement following his meeting with Linda McMahon, President-elect Trump's nominee to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Rounds is a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which has jurisdiction over the nomination of the SBA Administrator. "I thank Ms. McMahon for taking the time to meet with me today to discuss the importance of small businesses in America," said Rou… Continue Reading


01.03.17

Rounds Secures Five Key Committee Assignments for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he will maintain his membership on four key committee assignments in the 115th Congress: Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works (EPW); and Veterans' Affairs. Additionally, he will serve on the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which has jurisdiction over the Small Business Administration and researching and investigating all problems relating to small business enterprises. … Continue Reading


12.26.16

Rounds Urges Attorney General Pruitt to Restore Order at EPA

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today wrote to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump's intended nominee to be the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, urging him to correct many of the current administration's damaging protocols at the EPA. Rounds is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and Chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, which has oversight of the EPA. In the … Continue Reading


12.22.16

Members of Tri-State Delegation Asks VA for Answers About Reduction of Hot Springs Services Despite Superior Rating

PIERRE - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) today wrote U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to ask about the VA's preferred alternative to drastically cut services at the Hot Springs VA facility despite it being rated by the VA as one of only 14 "five star" facilities across the country. "As you continue to overhaul the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) through th… Continue Reading


12.22.16

Rounds Announces U.S. Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced his nominees to attend the nation's service academies for the fall 2017 semester. "It is an honor to nominate these young South Dakota students to become the next generation of military leaders," said Rounds. "The United States service academies are looking for the best and brightest to join their ranks, and I was fortunate to receive nomination applications from an outstanding group of students. I'm confident they possess the leaders… Continue Reading


12.09.16

Rounds, Klobuchar Lead Bipartisan Effort Urging the VA to Comply with 2010 Law that Protects Veterans from Exorbitant ER Bills

WASHINGTON- Led by U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), 22 senators, including six from the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, wrote to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to urge him to comply with the Emergency Care Fairness Act (ECFA). The ECFA was enacted in 2010 and directed the VA to cover veterans with private health insurance when that insurance doesn't cover the full amount of non-VA emergency care. Yet since 2010, the VA has not c… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued a statement following the Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes a number of provisions offered by Rounds, including language from his Cyber Act of War Act and his legislation requiring training for Department of Defense (DoD) officials to expedite the hiring of cyber security professionals. It also includes his legislation to require DoD to more… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Senate Air Force Caucus Members Discuss Priorities with Senior Members of Air Force

WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Air Force Caucus met with U.S. Air Force leaders at the caucus' biannual breakfast in Washington to discuss upcoming priorities and challenges of the Air Force. Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David Goldfein; Vice Chief General Steven Wilson and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody were among the senior Air Force leaders at the breakfast. The session afforded Members the opportunity to talk about a wide range of topics, from modernization … Continue Reading


12.07.16

Rounds Looks Back on Time as EPW Subcommittee Chairman in Senate Floor Speech

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor about his experience chairing the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight during the 114th Congress. The subcommittee is tasked with providing oversight on the agencies under The EPW Committee's jurisdiction, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies that have implemented excessive, overreaching regulations under this administra… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Rounds Issues Statement on Senate Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued a statement following the Senate's passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, a comprehensive bill to advance the development of medical treatments and find cures to a number of diseases that affect millions of Americans each year. It includes provisions co-sponsored by Rounds, including the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act. "Sadly, most Americans have felt the impact of devastating diseases like cancer or Alzheimer's," said Rounds. "T… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Rounds Statement on Meeting with Dr. Ben Carson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement following his meeting with Dr. Ben Carson, who President-elect Trump recently announced he will nominate to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): "I thank Dr. Carson for taking the time to meet with me this morning to discuss his ideas for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. During our visit, we discussed ways to streamline HUD and make it more effective, as well as … Continue Reading


12.06.16

Delegation Meets With VA Secretary in DC Following Hot Springs Visit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and John Thune (R-S.D.), and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today met with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald following his Nov. 30, 2016, visit to the Hot Springs, South Dakota VA campus. During the meeting, the delegation encouraged Secretary McDonald to carefully consider input he received from veterans, staff and other community stakeholders before making any final decision… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Rounds, Thune Join Colleagues to Request President Obama Stop Issuing New Regulations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) joined 21 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter, led by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), to President Obama requesting the administration stop issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in the final weeks of his term. Thune and Rounds stressed to the president that the American people made it clear on November 8 that they expect regulatory relief. "Whether it is the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule unfairly burde… Continue Reading


11.30.16

Rounds Urges VA to Comply with 2010 Law that Protects Veterans from Exorbitant ER Bills

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor to urge the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to comply with the Veterans' Emergency Care Fairness Act. This law, enacted in February 2010, is intended to make certain that veterans with private health insurance are covered by the VA if their outside insurance does not cover the full amount of non-VA emergency care. Despite its unanimous support and clear congressional intent, the VA has continued its previous policy … Continue Reading


11.23.16

Delegation Disappointed by Secretary McDonald’s Decision to Decline Hot Springs VA Tour and Meeting

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.) wrote to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to express their disappointment and concern over McDonald's decision to decline a December 2, 2016, tour and meeting at the Hot Springs VA. McDonald will instead travel to the facility on November 30, 2016, a day on which the VA knows Congress will be session, thus … Continue Reading


11.22.16

Rounds' Thanksgiving Message to South Dakotans

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today released the following video to wish all South Dakotans a happy Thanksgiving holiday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRs4cZ7StLM ###… Continue Reading


11.15.16

Rounds' Office Offers Limited Number of Inauguration Tickets to South Dakotans

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that his office will offer tickets to the 58th Presidential Inauguration to South Dakota residents on a first-come, first-served basis. On Friday, January 20, 2017, President-elect Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as president on the West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Each Congressional office receives a limited number of inauguration tickets to distribute to constituents free of charge. South Dakotans interested … Continue Reading


11.10.16

Rounds Offers Commemorative Lapel Pins to Vietnam-Era Veterans

PIERRE-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, announced today that his office is participating in a program to give Vietnam-era veterans a commemorative lapel pin to honor and thank them for their service to our country. The Department of Defense conducts a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by naming Commemorative Partners, such as Rounds, to distribute lapel pins to Vietnam veterans. "South Dakota is home to nearly 22… Continue Reading


11.10.16

Delegation Critical of Final EIS for Hot Springs VA

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 regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Black Hills Health Care System and the veterans facility in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Any decision on whether or not to close the Hot Springs facility based on the results of the VA's EIS will be d… Continue Reading

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