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Senate Passes First Appropriations Bill of 2016 with Rounds Support

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today supported the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2016, which passed the Senate by a vote of 90-8. This is the earliest the Senate has taken up an appropriations bill on the Senate floor in more than 40 years. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act funds critical Department of Energy programs and infrastructure projects managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. "The federal government has a duty to spen… Continue Reading


Rounds Urges Indian Affairs Committee to Consider Audit of Failing IHS System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today wrote to Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to thank him for his commitment to fixing the systemic problems within Indian Health Service (IHS) and identify areas which an external audit may be helpful in finding solutions to the crisis. "Over the last year, my office has been looking deep into the financial, structural and administrative problems at IHS so we can better understand how to fix the broken agency and pro… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Meeting Between U.S. Army and Tribal Representatives to Discuss Bringing Remains of Native Youth Home

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement after representatives from his office participated in a meeting with Army representatives and tribal representatives in Rosebud, South Dakota. The meeting was to discuss returning the remains of Native American children buried at Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to their rightful home on their tribal land: "During the 19th and early 20th centuries, nearly 830,000 Native American children were forcibly removed f… Continue Reading


Rounds Will Introduce Bill Requiring Administration to Define a Cyber Act of War

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today will introduce the Cyber Act of War Act of 2016. The Cyber Act of War Act of 2016 would require the administration to develop a policy to determine whether a cyber-attack constitutes an act of war. "With the Internet playing a major role in nearly every aspect of our lives, we not only face the threat of losing our personal information online, but we are at risk of having our daily lives … Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on the Passing of Colette Abbott

PIERRE - U.S. Sen Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement on the passing of Colette Abbott, the wife of University of South Dakota President James Abbott: "Jean and I send our deepest condolences to Jim, his family and the entire USD community," said Rounds. "Colette dedicated her life to her family and bettering education for South Dakota young people. She touched countless lives throughout the years. Her kindness and generosity will be missed by all." ###… Continue Reading


Rounds: Bipartisan Veterans First Act Prioritizes our Nation’s Vets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today praised the committee's rollout of the Veterans First Act, which is comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and enhance care for veterans. The bill includes major provisions of two pieces of legislation Rounds introduced, the Veterans Choice Equal Cost for Care Act and the Veterans Health Administration Spending and Transparency … Continue Reading


Rounds Delivers Tribute to Terry Redlin on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today paid tribute to Terry Redlin in a speech on the Senate floor. Redlin, a famed painter from Watertown, passed away at the age of 78 on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to Terry Redlin, a citizen of South Dakota who rose to fame in the 1970s as an artist known for his vivid and vibrant outdoor paintings. On Sunday, April 24, Terry passed away at the age of 78 in … Continue Reading


Rounds Votes to Advance Legislation to Benefit South Dakota’s Water Resources

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today voted to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) out of committee. "Water is one of our most precious natural resources," said Rounds. "In South Dakota, we rely on the Missouri River system for energy, agriculture, recreation and more. The legislation we passed out of committee today includes provisions to improve water management and make certain we are being… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Meeting with Judge Garland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement after his meeting with Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court: "As a former governor, I respect the president's responsibility to make a nomination. Today I met with Judge Garland as a courtesy. During our meeting, I thanked him for allowing the president to place his name in nomination. However, I believe that Justice Scalia's replacement should be nominated by the next President of the… Continue Reading


Rounds Introduces Legislation to Help Treat PTSD Among Service Members

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Committees, today introduced the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Medication Prescribing Improvement Act of 2016. This legislation would require each branch of the armed forces to monitor the prescribing practices of medications to treat symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among service members. "Unless each branch of our armed forces carefully monitor prescriptions of medicatio… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Passing of Terry Redlin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement on the passing of Terry Redlin, devout wildlife conservationist and famed painter from Watertown: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Redlin," said Rounds. "Terry had a passion for promoting South Dakota and he shared his appreciation for our great state with the world through his paintings. Jean and I send our condolences to his family, his friends and all who admired his work throughout his distinguish… Continue Reading


Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Encourage Greater Competition & Innovation in DOD Cyber Procurement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), today introduced S. 2826, the bipartisan Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act. The legislation would make sure that the Department of Defense (DOD) seeks the best long-term value for the taxpayers during the procurement process for complex information technology and engineering services by providing greater clarity on DOD's existing Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable (LPTA) evaluation criteria. … Continue Reading


Rounds Offers Amendment to Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today offered an amendment to the Energy and Water appropriations bill that would authorize the use of up to $2 million within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) existing budget to implement Upper Missouri River Basin flood and drought monitoring systems. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is a cosponsor. "South Dakotans deserve certainty that the federal government has taken steps to prevent another catastrophic event similar to the 2011 flood that for… Continue Reading


Rounds Issues Statement Following Senate Passage of Bipartisan Energy Bill

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's passage of the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act, which included his easement disclosure amendment. The bill passed by a vote of 85-12. "For the first time in nearly a decade, the Senate passed legislation to modernize and update our nation's energy policies," said Rounds. "The bipartisan bill will increase energy securi… Continue Reading


Rounds Introduces RESPECT Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act. The RESPECT Act would repeal 12 outdated statutes that are still part of current law related to Native American education, forcible relocation of Native American children to boarding schools, war-time status between Native Americans and the federal government and the withholding of rations or money owed to Native Americans. "Native Ameri… Continue Reading


Rounds Cosponsors Detainee Transfer Transparency Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today cosponsored the Detainee Transfer Transparency Act, legislation that would require the Secretary of Defense to make available to the public the intended transfer or release of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at least 21 days in advance. "The American people deserve to not only know when dangerous terrorists are being released from Guantanamo Bay, they also need to know what deals are bein… Continue Reading


Rounds Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Small Businesses’ Perspectives of EPA 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 delivered the following opening statement at the hearing, "American Small Businesses' Perspectives on Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Actions." The purpose of the hearing is to examine how regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) affect small businesses in the United States. Rou… Continue Reading


Rounds Sends Letter to IRS Commissioner Concerning Taxpayer Identity Theft

PIERRE-U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), members of the Senate Banking Committee, today sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen raising concerns about a cyber hack into the IRS' Identity Protection (IP) Personal Identification Number (PIN) program which potentially exposed the personal information of 130,000 taxpayers. The letter asks Commissioner Koskinen to explain what the IRS is doing to help tax fraud victims, what it is doing t… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Administration Move to Loosen Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON--U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement on the administration's proposed move to loosen sanctions on Iran by giving them limited access to U.S. dollars: "Once again the Administration is loosening sanctions on Iran in a way it told Congress it would not do," said Rounds. "The JCPOA was bad enough but providing Iran with further access to US dollars is simply wrong. It will only provide further opportunities to enrich this terrorist state." ###… Continue Reading


Rounds Introduces Iran Cyber Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced the Iran Cyber Sanctions Act, which would require the president to submit a report to Congress detailing significant activities conducted by Iranians to undermine U.S. cybersecurity. "Some of the most serious threats facing the United States today are cyber-attacks," said Rounds. "Iran and our other enemies currently use sophisticated technology to carry out cyber-attacks against U.S. businesses and our government. By reporting and s… Continue Reading

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