Press Releases

06.28.16

Rounds Issues Statement on Senate Passage of BUILD Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today issued the following statement on the Senate passage of S. 1479, the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act, of which he is a cosponsor. The legislation passed by unanimous consent. "A number of South Dakota communities have benefited from the Brownfields program, which provides federal funding for technical assistance grants to small communiti… Continue Reading


06.27.16

Rounds Expresses Concern Over Staff Downsizing at Hot Springs VA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Janet Murphy, Director of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Midwest Health Care Network, asking why the VA Black Hills Health Care System continues to downsize staff at the Hot Springs Medical Clinic, despite current law which forbids such actions. No formal decision has been made on the realignment of services within the Black Hills Health Care System, nor has the final Environment… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Rounds Encourages Colleagues to Pass Veterans First Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to encourage his colleagues to pass the Veterans First Act, of which he is an original cosponsor. The Veterans First Act is a comprehensive, bipartisan bill to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and enhance care and benefits for veterans. It includes major provisions of two pieces of legislation Rounds introduced, the Veterans Choice Equal Cos… Continue Reading


06.17.16

Indian Affairs Committee Field Hearing Shines Light on IHS Crisis, Response

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Today the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, at the request of U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), convened an oversight and legislative hearing in Rapid City to receive testimony from stakeholders impacted by the years-long crisis at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities across the Great Plains area and examine comprehensive IHS reform legislation recently introduced by Thune and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and… Continue Reading


06.17.16

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Field Hearing

RAPID CITY-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing entitled, Improving Accountability and Quality of Care at the Indian Health Service through S. 2953. Rounds' opening statement, as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Chairman Barrasso, for holding today's field hearing here in South Dakota, where our tribal members are all too familiar with the failures of the Indian Health Service. I would also like to thank Senator Thune and Congresswom… Continue Reading


06.16.16

South Dakota Senators Introduce Amendment to Help Tribes Construct New Detention Facilities

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill currently being debated on the Senate floor that would set aside $25 million from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) existing budget to replace outdated detention facilities on tribal land. "Many detention facilities on tribal land in South Dakota are dilapidated and unfit to hold detainees," said Rounds. "Sisseton… Continue Reading


06.15.16

Rounds and Colleagues Request VA Update on Progress to Improve Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, joined 10 of his Senate colleagues in writing a letter raising concerns about veterans' timely access to quality health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The letter requests the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) promptly issue a comprehensive scheduling directive to address immediate wait times and healthcare access issues raised in a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report… Continue Reading


06.14.16

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on EPA Progress Implementing IG, GAO Recommendations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today delivered the opening statement at his hearing entitled, "Oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency's Progress in Implementing Inspector General and Government Accountability Office Recommendations." This hearing is a continuation of the subcommittee's oversight of the EPA, with a specific focus on the EPA's progress… Continue Reading


06.13.16

Rounds Welcomes Summer Interns to D.C. Office

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has welcomed three summer interns to his Washington, D.C., office. Noah Cozad is from Sioux Falls, S.D., and recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in Political Science. Andrew Leiferman is from Pierre, S.D., and attends the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he is pursuing a degree in Finance and Economics. Thomas McNamara is from Washington, D.C., and attends the University of Texas at Austi… Continue Reading


06.09.16

Rounds Seeks to Protect Rural Military Retirees From Higher Prescription Drug Costs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding an amendment he introduced to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) currently being debated on the Senate floor. Rounds' amendment would change a provision in the current NDAA bill that requires military retirees and their families who get their prescription drugs from a retail pharmacy or through mail order to pay even more than now, while those who obtain them from a Military Treatment Fa… Continue Reading


06.07.16

Rounds’ Hearing Reaffirms Importance of State and Local Input Before EPA Implements Regulations

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 held a hearing entitled, "Oversight of EPA Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Governments." The purpose of the hearing was to examine the impact that unfunded mandates issued by the EPA have on local units of government. Rounds' full opening statement from the hearing can be found here. During the hearing,… Continue Reading


06.07.16

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today delivered the opening statement at his hearing entitled, "Oversight of EPA Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Governments." This hearing is a continuation of the subcommittee's oversight on various aspects of the EPA's rulemaking process. Throughout this Congress the subcommittee has held multiple hearings on EP… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Rounds Cosponsors Resolution to Protect South Dakota Families from Costly New Energy Tax

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined a number of his Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution to block efforts to impose a national tax on carbon energy, which has historically supplied at least 80 percent of America's energy needs. "In South Dakota, we depend on affordable energy to run our farms and businesses, heat our homes in the dead of winter and transport goods and people throughout the state," said Rounds. "The effect of a carbon tax - which will lead to hig… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Rounds Votes to Stop Harmful Fiduciary Rule That Would Limit Availability of Retirement Advice

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today voted to block the fiduciary rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) last month. The resolution of disapproval, which requires a simple majority vote, passed 56-41. Having passed the House of Representatives last month, it now heads to President Obama's desk. "The administration's fiduciary rule will have harmful consequences for South Dakota families saving for retirement, which is why I support … Continue Reading


05.24.16

Rounds Questions Legality of Army Corps’ Implementation of WOTUS

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today at an EPW Subcommittee hearing questioned the legality of reports that the Army Corps is implementing the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), despite a nationwide stay on the rule in October 2015. Specifically, Rounds questioned Damien Schiff, the Principal Attorney of the Pacific Legal Foundation, about the implementation methods of the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS). "When ag… Continue Reading


05.24.16

Rounds Issues Statement Following VA’s Announcement to Voluntarily Implement Bipartisan Provision to Enhance VA Medical Care

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today made the following statement in response to news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving to voluntarily implement one of the key proposals from the bipartisan Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, which he introduced with Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). The legislation would help make sure that veterans can get the care they n… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Rounds Acknowledges South Dakota Students Offered Appointments to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today acknowledged the South Dakota students who were offered appointments into the nation's service academies for the fall 2016 semester with his nomination. "It was an honor to nominate these young South Dakota students to become the next generation of military leaders, and I congratulate them on their appointments into the service academies," said Rounds. "The United States service academies are looking for the best and brightest to join their ran… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Rounds Statement on Obama Administration’s New Overtime Mandate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the Department of Labor's final rule that would more than double the salary threshold under which employees qualify for overtime pay. "The Obama administration's new overtime mandate will hurt both our employees and the employers who hire them," said Rounds. "Under this rule, restaurants, retailers and small businesses across South Dakota will be faced with increased labor costs or be forced to transition their… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Delegation Demands Answers From the Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) recently joined Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting that the Indian Health Service (IHS) provide answers regarding the recent system improvement agreements executed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the IHS. These agreeme… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Rounds Statement on Committee Passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued a statement after the committee's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill includes a number of provisions he introduced, including his provision requiring the administration to define a cyber act of war. "Passing the NDAA each year is critical to protecting and advancing our national security," said Rounds. "It's a testament to Chairman McCain and Ranking Memb… Continue Reading

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