Press Releases


Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Financial Stability to Muni Bonds

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing 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 highly liquid assets to fund their operations for 30 days. This excl… Continue Reading


Sens. Rounds, Gillibrand, Lead Bipartisan Initiative Urging President Obama to Reject and if Needed Veto Any One-Sided Resolutions at the UN

Senators: "At this delicate stage the international community should both provide hope to the parties and avoid taking action that would harm the prospects for meaningful progress" WASHINGTON. - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today led a bipartisan letter with 86 other Senators urging President Obama to continue the longstanding U.S. policy of vetoing any one-sided United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution offered at the United Nations that would u… Continue Reading


Rounds Accepting Spring 2017 Internship Applications

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he is currently accepting internship applications for spring 2017. The deadline to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices is October 14, 2016. 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, sortin… Continue Reading


Rounds’ RESPECT Act Passes Senate Indian Affairs Committee Unanimously

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today praised the Senate Indian Affairs Committee's unanimous passage of his Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act (RESPECT Act). This legislation would repeal several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including laws that allow for the forced removal of Native American children from their homes to be sent to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. "Th… Continue Reading


Rounds Joins Colleagues on Senate Floor Urging Vote on Defense Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined his fellow freshmen colleagues on the Senate floor to reinforce the importance of funding our military operations through the appropriations process. Senate Democrats have blocked consideration of the 2017 defense appropriations bill six times, despite it passing unanimously out of the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year. "The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved [the defense appropriations bill] by a vote of… Continue Reading


Rounds Announces Staff Changes in Northeast South Dakota

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced the promotion of Josh Haeder to Regional Director in Northeast South Dakota. Additionally, Katie Murray, a Constituent Services Representative, is relocating to Brookings and will be based out of Rounds' Sioux Falls office. "Josh knows South Dakota, particularly the James River Valley," said Rounds. "He has excelled by focusing on developing strong relationships with residents and communities throughout the region. Some of the best … Continue Reading


Rounds Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing in Rapid City

RAPID CITY - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, today delivered the following remarks at his hearing entitled, "Oversight of the Impact of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations on Citizens' Private Property Rights." Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: The Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Managemen… Continue Reading


Selection Process for United States Senate Youth Program is Underway

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced the annual statewide selection process for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun. Two South Dakota high school juniors or seniors will join student delegates from around the country to participate in the USSYP's 55th annual Washington Week, which will take place March 4-11, 2017, in Washington, D.C. "Every student leader in South Dakota who is interested in learning more about the U.S. Senate, the… Continue Reading


Rounds Presents Medals to Revillo Resident Jerry Schafer

PIERRE-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) presented the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" Device to Jerry Schafer of Revillo, S.D. in recognition of Schafer's service in the Vietnam War. "I was honored to join the Schafer family and their friends at the medal presentation honoring Jerry's service in the Vietnam War," said Rounds. "Jerry selflessly served our country in Vietnam, and it is fitting that he be recognized for his bravery in combat and h… Continue Reading


Rounds Joins 69 Colleagues in Letter to CFPB Requesting Changes to Banking Regulations

PIERRE-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined 69 of his fellow senators in a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray, requesting the CFPB tailor its regulations to match the risk profile of credit unions and community banks when crafting regulations. Last week, Rounds introduced the TAILOR Act, which would require federal regulatory agencies, including the CFPB, to take similar steps to make sure the agencies consider the risk profile and business models … Continue Reading


Rounds, Donnelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Veterans’ Credit Scores

PIERRE- U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced today they have introduced bipartisan legislation that would protect the credit ratings of veterans wrongly penalized by delays in reimbursements for medical bills by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In addition to experiencing long wait times and issues making appointments through the Veterans Choice Program, veterans are also getting billed inappropriately for services because the VA has failed to pay health ca… Continue Reading


Delegation Introduces Legislation to Enhance State’s Outdoor Opportunities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation that would facilitate a federal-state land exchange that includes nearly 2,000 acres of federally owned land in the Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake areas and nearly 2,000 acres of land in four separate state-owned parcels. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives. The delegation introduced its respective bills in response to a request from Gov. De… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Reopening of Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the reopening of the emergency department at the Rosebud Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital, which had been closed since December 2015. IHS announced today that the hospital is set to reopen tomorrow, July 15, 2016, and will resume 24-hour, 7-day-a-week care. "The news that IHS and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services have agreed to reopen the emergency department at the Rosebud IHS hospital is a p… Continue Reading


Rounds Introduces Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief for Community Financial Institutions

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act. This bill 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). "More and more of our community banks and credit unions in South Dakota have stopped offering mortgage lending services simply because they can't a… Continue Reading


Rounds Introduces Bill to Ease Regulatory Burden on Local Banks & Credit Unions

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today introduced the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act, a bill to require federal regulatory agencies to take risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when crafting regulations. "Since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, smaller financial institutions in particular have been negatively impacted by burdensome, unneces… Continue Reading


Rounds Cosponsors Bill to Revoke Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Security Clearance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today cosponsored the Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies (TRUST) Act of 2016, which would revoke Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security clearance as well as the security clearances of Secretary Clinton's colleagues at the State Department who exhibited extreme carelessness in their handling of classified information. Additionally, the TRUST Act expresses the sense of Congress that Secretary Clinton should not have access … Continue Reading


Rounds: VA’s Veteran Suicide Study Reinforces Need to Address Mental Health Care of Vets

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act. This legislation would establish a pilot program to improve the monitoring and oversight of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by authorizing independent advocates for veterans receiving inadequate health care from the VA. Earlier today, the VA released key findings of a c… Continue Reading


Rounds Requests Audit of Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today formally requested an audit of the financial aspects of hospital and health care, medical services and overall financial management at Indian Health Service (IHS). In a letter sent to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Rounds outlined specific areas of focus for the audit based on an in-depth profile analysis conducted by Rounds and his staff. "Despite the agency's well-documented history of faili… Continue Reading


Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Chairman David Flute Testifies in Support of Rounds’ RESPECT Act

WASHINGTON-Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Chairman David Flute testified today at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing in support of S. 2796, the RESPECT Act, which was introduced by Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) in April 2016. The RESPECT Act would repeal a number of antiquated, obsolete statutes related to the treatment of Native Americans by the federal government that are still part of current law. Chairman Flute said in his testimony, "Senator Rounds introduced the RESPECT Act, S. 2796, to strik… Continue Reading


Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on EPA Enforcement Actions

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today delivered the opening statement at his hearing entitled, "Oversight of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement and Compliance Programs." The purpose of today's hearing is to conduct oversight related to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement actions. Rounds' opening statement, as prepared for d… Continue Reading

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