Press Releases

04.13.16

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


04.12.16

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


04.08.16

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


04.08.16

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


04.06.16

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


04.06.16

Rounds Statement on Fiduciary Rule

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today issued the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) released its fiduciary rule. "I oppose the fiduciary rule issued today, as it will have harmful consequences for American families saving for retirement," said Rounds. "The rule will limit the availability of retirement investment advice for millions of people, especially low- and moderate-income Americans. The many regulations issued b… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Rounds Attends Keel Laying Ceremony for the Navy’s 17th Virginia Class Submarine SOUTH DAKOTA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke at the keel laying ceremony for the SSN-790, which will be commissioned as the USS South Dakota. The South Dakota is a next-generation, Virginia Class nuclear submarine designed to fulfill 21st century mission requirements. It is scheduled to join the fleet in August 2018. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: General and Mrs. Dempsey, Governor Raimondo, Senator Whitehouse, Congress… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Rounds Joins 42 Senators to File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Challenging Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Actions

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with 42 of his Senate colleagues, today filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation's governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama Administration's November 2014 executive actions on immigration. "Given that the Executive has asserted that the acts challenged here are not even subject to judicial review, what is at stake in this matt… Continue Reading


03.31.16

Rounds Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Missouri River Management

North Sioux City-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Waste, Superfund and Oversight Management, today delivered the following remarks at his hearing entitled, "Five Years from the Flood: Oversight of the Army Corps' Management of the Missouri River and Suggestions for Improvement.," The focus of the hearing is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) management of the Missouri River since the 2011 flood. Rounds opening s… Continue Reading


03.21.16

Rounds to Hold EPW Field Hearing in North Sioux City on March 31

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Waste, Superfund and Oversight Management, announced today he will chair a subcommittee hearing on March 31, 2016, in North Sioux City. The hearing, entitled, "Five Years from the Flood: Oversight of the Army Corps' Management of the Missouri River and Suggestions for Improvement," will focus on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) management of the Missouri River since t… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Rounds Statement on President Obama’s Nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor after President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to the United States Supreme Court. "Whoever is confirmed to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court will be serving a lifetime appointment," said Rounds. "Keeping in mind the current political makeup of the court, the man or woman who will replace Justice Scalia has the potential to hold in… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Combat Prescription Drug Addiction

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today voted for S. 524, the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which passed out of the Senate today by a vote of 94-1. CARA seeks to address the growing opioid abuse epidemic in the United States by authorizing state and local grants for treatment, stronger law enforcement and recovery programs. Opioids is another term for heroin and prescription painkillers. "The number of Americans addicted to heroin and prescriptio… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Gain VA Financial Accountability

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation requiring the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to produce an annual report to Congress detailing the cost of the health care it provides. The Veterans Health Administration Spending Transparency and Oversight Act of 2016 authorizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into an agreement to produce the report, due no later than March 1st of each year. … Continue Reading


03.09.16

Rounds: Administration Must Fix Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Glitch for Tribes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen urging the administration to work with tribal governments to remove the employer mandate penalties imposed on tribal employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tribal members are exempted from the ACA's individual mandate that forces each individual to purchase health insurance and the federal government has a trust responsibility to provide them care. Yet tribal gove… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Rounds Introduces South Dakota Witness at Senate EPW Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today introduced Secretary Steve Pirner of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a witness at an EPW Committee hearing on states' perspectives on federal regulatory actions. Today's hearing, entitled "Cooperative Federalism: State Perspectives on EPA Regulatory Actions and the Role of States as Co-Regulators," focused on whether the current regulatory f… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Rounds Introduces Veterans Equal Cost for Care Act of 2016

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today introduced the Veterans Equal Cost for Care Act of 2016 to improve care for veterans who receive health care under the Choice Act program. This legislation would amend the Choice Act by eliminating the "secondary payer clause" to make certain veterans do not pay more for private care under the Choice Act than they would if they were seen at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility. "… Continue Reading


03.07.16

Rounds Statement on the Passing of Nancy Reagan

PIERRE- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died yesterday in her home at the age of 94. "Jean and I send our deepest condolences to the Reagan family during this difficult time," said Rounds. "Nancy Reagan epitomized grace and civility in a political arena that too often lacks both. She will be remembered for many things, including the deep love and loyalty she had for her husband and for her lifelong commitment … Continue Reading


03.02.16

Rounds Discusses Veterans’ Access to Health Care with VFW Representatives during Joint Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today at a joint Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing discussed access to timely, quality health care for veterans in rural areas, and the option for veterans to utilize non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providers when they live far away from a VA facility. Rounds exchanged comments with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief John Biedrzycki and Executive Director Bo… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Rounds Supports Senate Ag Committee Passage of Bill to Stop States from Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today supported the Senate Agriculture Committee's passage of legislation to prevent mandatory labeling of food produced from biotechnology seeds - commonly referred to as GMOs - at the state level by creating a national voluntary labeling system for bioengineered foods. The bill would pre-empt states mandatory labeling and create a voluntary federal standard. The bill passed out of the Senate Ag Committee by a vote of 14-6 with bipartisan support. "… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Rounds Discusses Future of Hot Springs VA During Veterans’ Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today at a joint Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing discussed the proposed reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System with American Legion leadership. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently holding a public comment period on the environmental impact statement regarding the reconfiguration which will cut health care services at the VA hospital at Hot Springs… Continue Reading

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