Press Releases


Legislation to Repeal Obamacare Passes Senate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today praised the Senate's passage of legislation to repeal significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "We knew the massive, 2500-page law was unworkable when it passed five years ago and that it would crumble under its own weight. And that is exactly what is happening. Health insurance providers are dropping policies and pulling out of the exchange, premiums are skyrocketing for South Dakota families and health care providers are facing un… Continue Reading


Public Comment Period Extended on VA’s Proposed Reconfiguration of Black Hills Health Care System

WASHINGTON-Members of the South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska congressional delegations today made the following statement in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) decision to extend the public comment period on the environmental impact statement regarding proposals for reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) until February 5, 2016. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wy.), John Barrasso (R-Wy.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and U.S. Repre… Continue Reading


Rounds Reinforces Commitment to Restoring Crop Insurance Cut in Appropriations Process

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) wrote his colleagues to reinforce his commitment to restoring the $3 billion in crop insurance cuts that were included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was signed into law earlier this year. Prior to voting for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, House and Senate Leadership publicly offered to help fix the cuts during the appropriations process. In letters addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Agriculture Commi… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bills to Eliminate Obama’s Costly Energy Regulations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today voted to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with its proposed "Clean Power Plan" regulations for existing sources and its final rule governing greenhouse gas emissions from new sources. The Senate passed two resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which will stop these rules all together. Rounds is a cosponsor of both resolution… Continue Reading


Rounds Signs Letter to President on Potential ISIS Infiltration of Syrian Refugee Flow

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined his colleagues in a letter to President Obama requesting the administration make certain no members, supporters or sympathizers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are infiltrating Syrian refugee movements to enter the United States. ISIS claimed responsibility for the synchronized terror attacks in Paris, and French and other European officials said at least one of the attackers used the flow of Syrian refugees to enter the Eur… Continue Reading


Senators Press White House for Increased Transparency on Guantanamo Detainees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, along with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), James Inhofe (R-OK), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), are urging President Obama to adhere to his own promise of increasing transparency, a commitment on which the administration has fallen short when it comes to detainees at Guantanamo and their transfer to other countries. "When a detainee is transferred, the only specific information released by the Departmen… Continue Reading


Tri-State Delegation Requests Extended Public Comment Period of Reconfiguration of Black Hills Health Care System

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, led his colleagues from South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska in a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to request an extension of the public comment period in the wake of the VA's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed reconfiguration of the Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS). The letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Thune (R-S… Continue Reading


Video Available: In Advance of Veterans Day, Rounds, Colleagues Introduce New Legislation to Improve Staffing at VA Health Centers

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), today held a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to announce the introduction of the Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to make common-sense changes in staffing policies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve veterans care at VA health care facilities. "It is our duty to make certain our veterans receive the care… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the Senate's passage of its first appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (MilCon/VA). It passed 93-0. "I am pleased that the Senate is finally doing its job to pass appropriations bills, especially the Military Co… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It passed by a bipartisan majority vote of 91-3 and includes a number of provisions offered by Rounds. It now heads to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. "As we approach Veterans Day, we are reminded of the enormous sacrifices and dangerous missions of our brave men and women in… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on President’s Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

PIERRE-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline: "This decision is no surprise," said Rounds. "While disappointing, this underscores the need for Congress to take affirmative action to see that this project is allowed to move forward. The Keystone XL pipeline would bring millions of dollars of tax revenue to local units of government in South Dakota. It would also ease the congestion on our rail syste… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing November as “National Native American Heritage Month”


Rounds Encourages South Dakotans to Send Feedback on TPP

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today posted the full text of the just-released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement on his website. South Dakotans interested in learning more about the proposed trade agreement are encouraged to review it and send their comments to Sen. Rounds. "International trade plays an important role in American commerce," said Rounds. "From higher wages for U.S. workers to supporting small businesses and agriculture, trade has a proven record of ke… Continue Reading


Senate Democrats Block Defense Funding Bill Again

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the Senate Democrats' filibuster of the Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations bill for the third time this year, following the budget deal of last week: "Refusing to debate the 12 appropriation bills which provide the necessary funds to keep the government running, simply to create a crisis, is not acceptable," said Rounds. "Yet again, Senate Democrats blocked an important appropriations bill from being op… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Democrat Filibuster of Bill to Stop WOTUS

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today issued the following statement after Senate Democrats filibustered S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, of which he is an original cosponsor. The Federal Water Quality Protection Act would have prevented the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule from taking effect and would have tasked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers with completely redr… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on TransCanada Request to Stop Presidential Permit Application Process of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding TransCanada's request that the U.S. government suspend its Keystone XL presidential permit application: "TransCanada's decision to ask for a suspension in the permit application process comes after seven years of delays by the Obama Administration, despite overwhelming support from the American people. Additionally, numerous environmental impact statements have found the pipeline will have no negative e… Continue Reading


Rounds, Ernst Call for Strengthened Support of Kurdish Peshmerga Forces in Iraq

WASHINGTON- Following a recent Congressional delegation trip to the Middle East, U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter raising serious concerns voiced by foreign leaders in the region. The senators echoed concerns that the coalition effort to defeat ISIL is not achieving the desired outcome - including U.S. support for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and their Peshmerga Forces. They also called on Secretary … Continue Reading


Rounds Joins Bipartisan Effort to Save Student Loan Program

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with 53 of his colleagues, today signed on to a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-N.V.), urging them to take up and pass a one-year extension of the Perkins Loan Program. This critical lifeline for many low-income students expired on September 30, despite receiving a unanimous one-year, no-cost extension from the House of Representatives on September 28. "While our colleagues in t… Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Protect South Dakotans from Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on today's passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). It passed the Senate with bipartisan support, 74-21. "The World Wide Web is a wonderful tool that has helped us stay connected with loved ones, pay our bills, shop with ease and explore new ideas from the comfort of our homes," said Rounds. "But we must also be mindful of those who use the Internet to scam others and steal private information. The b… Continue Reading


U.S. Secretary of Energy Updates Delegation on Neutrino Experiment Facility at Sanford Lab

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today received an important project planning update from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). LBNF will facilitate the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which will be conducted at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. The pr… Continue Reading

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