Press Releases

03.14.22

Rounds and Republican Colleagues Tell President Biden: An Iran Agreement Without Broad Congressional Support Will Not Survive

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of both the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined 48 Republican senators today declaring they will not support the revived Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, which, according to public reports, will weaken sanctions and lessen restrictions on Iran's nuclear program. "According to press reports, the Biden Administration may soon conclude an agreement with Iran to provide substantial sanct… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Rounds, Rosen Lead Bipartisan Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Requesting Information on Efforts to Protect the United States from Russian Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security, led a bipartisan group of 22 senators in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security requesting information on efforts to protect the United States from Russian cyber and disinformation threats. The letter references past Russian cyber operations -such the SolarWinds attack - as evidence of their hi… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Rounds, Thune and Johnson Oppose the Biden Administration’s Recommendation to Realign VA Medical Facilities in South Dakota

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) issued the following statements after the Biden administration's Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) informed the VA medical facilities in Hot Springs, Wagner and Fort Meade that proposed recommendations as part of a multi-year nationwide review of VA health care infrastructure suggest they would be closing. "The concerns I warned against in 2018 when I voted against the VA… Continue Reading


03.07.22

Rounds, Senate Banking Republicans Highlight Continued Concerns of Raskin Nomination to President Biden

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and every Senate Banking Republican sent a letter to President Joe Biden highlighting their continued concerns regarding the nomination process that has unfolded for Ms. Sarah Bloom Raskin, his selection for the vacant Vice-Chair of Supervision position on the Board of Governors (Board) of the Federal Reserve System. In addition to Rounds and Tillis, the letter was signed by Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Senators Rich… Continue Reading


03.04.22

Rounds Seeking Summer 2022 Internship Applications

PIERRE - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) is currently accepting applications from college students to serve as interns during the summer. Positions are available in his Washington, D.C. office and his state offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls. Summer internships typically run from May-August, but dates can be tailored to specific schedules. "Our internship program is an incredible opportunity for students to experience a deeper understanding of the political process," said… Continue Reading


03.03.22

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), all members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, reintroduced the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act. This bill would require federal regulatory agencies to take risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when crafting regulations. "Financial institutions across South Dakota have been negatively impacted by burdensome, un… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Rounds Joins Tester on Legislation to Halt Brazilian Beef Imports

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced he was joining Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) on legislation that would suspend Brazilian beef imports to the United States until experts can conduct a systematic review of the commodity's safety. The bill would make certain that Brazilian beef is safe to eat before it is brought into U.S. markets by imposing a moratorium on Brazilian beef until a group of food safety and trade experts has made a recommendation regarding its import status. "… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Rounds Joins Tester on Legislation to Halt Brazilian Beef Imports

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced he was joining Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) on legislation that would suspend Brazilian beef imports to the United States until experts can conduct a systematic review of the commodity's safety. The bill would make certain that Brazilian beef is safe to eat before it is brought into U.S. markets by imposing a moratorium on Brazilian beef until a group of food safety and trade experts has made a recommendation regarding its import status. "… Continue Reading


02.11.22

Rounds, King Lead Bipartisan Group of 35 Senators To Call for More H-2B Visas to Support Seasonal Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine) led a bipartisan group of more than thirty Senators in calling for the Biden administration to raise the H-2B seasonal worker visa cap. In a letter to Department Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Marty Walsh, the Senators share the need for additional workers as seasonal businesses across the country struggle to find employees as the economy recovers, and call for t… Continue Reading


02.04.22

Rounds Issues Statement on JBS Price Fixing Settlement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after a preliminary settlement was reached earlier this week between Brazilian owned JBS and plaintiffs in the first nationwide antitrust litigation over price fixing in the beef cattle market: "Four big foreign and domestically owned beef packers control over 80% of our nation's beef processing and supply which continues to hurt both consumers and producers in South Dakota," said Rounds. "For years, I've been advocat… Continue Reading


01.25.22

Rounds Announces New West River Office Location

RAPID CITY, SD - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that his West River office has relocated to 603 Omaha Street, Suite 100 in Rapid City. The office is under the direction of Adam Kaemingk, West River Director for Senator Mike Rounds. "Some of the most important work we do in the United States Senate is helping constituents," said Rounds. "If you or a family member need assistance with the Social Security Administration, Indian Health Service, the VA or any other federal agency,… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Senate Passes NDAA, Including Rounds’ South Dakota Priorities

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. It now heads to the president's desk for signature. "This year's NDAA includes many wins for South Dakota - including victories for Ellsworth Air Force Base, Dakota State University and Raven Aerostar," said… Continue Reading


12.09.21

Rounds Announces Nominations for U.S. Service Academies for 2022-2023 School Year

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he has nominated three students for appointments to the nation's service academies. Rounds nominated Luke Jegeris of Rapid City as his principal nominee to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Aiden Kasten of Brandon as his principal nominee to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis; and John Costello of Sioux Falls as his principal nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. "It's a privilege to nominate our nati… Continue Reading


12.07.21

Rounds Submits Comment to Protect Integrity of Meat and Poultry Product Labeling Standards

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) submitted a comment to the proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) rulemaking that could allow terms such as "meat", "steak" or "poultry" to be used on foods that are artificially produced. Rounds argues allowing these terms to be used on lab grown food products is confusing and misleading to consumers, and puts ranchers and farmers' reputations and livelihoods at risk. In his comment, Rounds urged the … Continue Reading


12.04.21

Rounds Questions VA Secretary McDonough on Implementation of MISSION Act

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) released the following statement after a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) hearing on Wednesday where he questioned VA Secretary Denis McDonough on claims the VA's Care In The Community administrators are purposely limiting a Veteran's ability to seek care from a local healthcare provider. "The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is changing its existing referral process by implementing the Referral Coordination Initiative (RCI). According to t… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Remembering Jean Rounds

Jean Rounds, 65, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 2, at her home in Ft. Pierre, surrounded by those she loved. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 5th from 5:00-7:00pm at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre with a 6:00pm Prayer Service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, November 6th at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre with private family burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Pierre. The family will be hosting a luncheon at Dr… Continue Reading


11.02.21

Statement on the Passing of Jean Rounds

FT. PIERRE - Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D) released the following statement remembering his wife Jean who passed away this morning after battling sarcoma cancer: "The love of my life is with the Lord. No more treatments. No more pain. Just peace. South Dakota knew her as First Lady. We knew her as wife, daughter, mom and grandma. She was everything to us. The prayers and support we received throughout this battle were powerful and made a difference. We ask for your continued prayer as we remember… Continue Reading


11.01.21

Rounds Nominates the Lee Family of Colman for Angels in Adoption Award

PIERRE-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced that he has nominated Sandra and Chad Lee of Colman for the 2021 Angels in Adoption Award, presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCAI). Sandra and Chad, along with their children Adam and Amanda, adopted Daniela, Christopher and Mikano from Haiti in 2010. "Every year, I have the great honor of recognizing a South Dakota family who has made a life changing impact on the lives of children," said Rounds. "Sandra, Chad, Adam and Am… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Rounds Seeking Spring 2022 Internship Applications

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) is currently accepting applications from college students to serve as interns during the spring semester. Positions are available in his Washington D.C. office and his state offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls. Spring semester internships typically run from January-May, but dates can be tailored to specific schedules. "Our internship program is an incredible opportunity for students to experience a deeper understanding of the political p… Continue Reading


10.22.21

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Democrats’ IRS Snooping Proposal

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and colleagues introduced the Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing Democrats' plan to give the agency access to transaction information of virtually every American. "I have heard from more than 5,000 South Dakotans who are opposed to the proposed IRS expansion and intrusive authority to monitor everyday Americans' bank ac… Continue Reading

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