Press Releases

02.16.17

Rounds Meets with SDSM&T’s Dr. Heather Wilson, President Trump’s Pick to Serve as Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today met with Dr. Heather Wilson, President Trump's nominee to be Secretary of the Air Force. Dr. Wilson has served as president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) since June 2013. At the time of Dr. Wilson's nomination announcement last month, Rounds said: "I congratulate Dr. Wilson for being nominated to lead the Air Force. While I am selfishly disappointed she won't be c… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Sens. Rounds, Thune Reintroduce Bill to Strengthen Military Families’ Right to Self-Protection

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today reintroduced legislation to allow military spouses to purchase handguns in the state where their husband or wife is permanently stationed for duty, or in a neighboring state if the military spouse commutes across state borders to their duty installation. Companion legislation to the Protect Our Military Families' 2nd Amendment Rights Act was introduced last month by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) in the House of Representat… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Rounds Pays Tribute to Clint Roberts on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today delivered a floor speech to honor the life and legacy of his friend, former U.S. Rep. Clint Roberts, who passed away on Feb. 13th at the age of 82. In addition to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Roberts served in the South Dakota State Senate and as South Dakota's Secretary of Agriculture. "Clint was a mentor and a hero to me and many others and - I'm proud to say - lifelong friend to me and Jean," said Rounds on the senate floor. "H… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Dismantle CFPB

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today announced he introduced legislation to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by eliminating its funding stream from the Federal Reserve. "A product of the ill-advised Dodd-Frank Reform Act, the CFPB is an unaccountable regulatory agency ran by unelected bureaucrats with no oversight from Congress," said Rounds. "No unchecked federal agency should have the power to dramatically alter … Continue Reading


02.14.17

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

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today reintroduced the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act, a bill to 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, unnecessary regulations because of disproportionate comp… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting With Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after his meeting with former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who President Trump recently nominated to be Secretary of Agriculture: "I thank Governor Perdue for taking the time to meet with me today to discuss the importance of agriculture," said Rounds. "During our meeting, we discussed the importance of maintaining the vital crop insurance program, increasing trade opportunities and seeking ways to strengthen our a… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Rounds to Chair EPW Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee Again in 115th Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today announced that he will serve as Chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight for the 115th Congress. Rounds previously served as the Chairman of this subcommittee during the 114th Congress. "I am honored to have the opportunity to continue chairing this important subcommittee and build upon the work we accomplished in the 114th C… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Rounds Joins Colleagues in Urging Administration to Pursue a Tough Russia Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Todd Young (R-Indiana), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in sending a letter to President Trump urging his administration to pursue a principled and tough-minded Russia policy, highlighting Russia's aggressive behavior in Ukraine, Syria and cyberspace. The letter reads in full: Dear Mr. President: We write to ask you … Continue Reading


02.08.17

Rounds: Jeff Sessions Will Make Certain That Justice is Done for all Americans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be Attorney General. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG08WvAZ6Xg&feature=youtu.be Full remarks as prepared for delivery: " I rise today regarding the upcoming confirmation vote on Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be Attorney General of the United States. For the past two years, I have had the great pleasure of working with Senator Sessions in this body. W… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Rounds Reintroduces RESPECT Act in 115th Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today reintroduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act. The RESPECT Act would repeal several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including laws that allow for the forced removal of Native American children from their homes to be sent to boarding schools and laws subjecting Native Americans to forced labor. "The laws that would be repealed under the RESPECT Act are a s… Continue Reading


02.02.17

President Approves South Dakota Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) issued the following statements after President Trump approved South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's request for a major disaster declaration for 24 counties and two tribal governments in South Dakota. The federal disaster assistance will help communities recover from strong winter thunderstorms and a subsequent blizzard that resulted in flooding, significant snow and ice accumulations, and high… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Rounds Questions VA Nominee Dr. David Shulkin on Future of Hot Springs During Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today questioned Dr. David Shulkin, nominee to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the future of the VA facility in Hot Springs, SD. "At the Black Hills VA System in Hot Springs, SD, there are a host of individuals there who have-since that town was created-served veterans at in-treatment facilities," said Rounds during the hearing. "They've also made it very clear that they … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Rounds: Democrat Boycott of Qualified EPA Nominee is “Childish”

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today expressed his disappointment that EPW Committee Democrats boycotted the scheduled business meeting to debate and vote on the advancement of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This boycott was despite EPW Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) giving Committee members unprecedented opportunity to question … Continue Reading


01.31.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting with Jay Clayton

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today made the following statement after his meeting with Walter J. "Jay" Clayton, whom President Trump has nominated to be Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). "I thank Mr. Clayton for meeting with me today to discuss a number of issues, including the need to protect the markets against damaging cyber threats and reducing the regulatory burden at the SEC," s… Continue Reading


01.30.17

Rounds Appointee Accepted to U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today called Madison High School student Samantha Herman to notify her of her offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Rounds was pleased to hear that Herman intends to accept the offer. Herman, the daughter of William Herman and Tara Erbentraut of Madison, received a principal nomination to the United States Air Force Academy from Rounds. "I congratulate Samantha on her offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Acade… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting with Dr. David Shulkin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today made the following statement after his meeting with Dr. David Shulkin, whom President Trump has nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I thank Dr. Shulkin for meeting with me to discuss our shared goals of fixing the systemic problems facing the VA and making our veterans the top priority," said Rounds. "During our meeting, we discussed the future of the VA heal… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Rounds Questions SBA Nominee Linda McMahon During Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today questioned Linda McMahon, nominee to be administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), on the role the agency would take to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. "Many family farms and ranches would be impacted by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule," said Rounds during the hearing. "The SBA's Office of Advocacy sent a le… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Rounds Statement on Trump’s Executive Actions to Move Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines Forward

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on President Trump's executive action to move forward with construction of the Keystone Xl and Dakota Access pipelines. "President Trump understands that pipelines provide an effective and efficient means of transporting natural resources and meeting our country's energy needs," said Rounds. "Good domestic energy policies include an 'all of the above' approach that will strengthen our economy, create jobs and en… Continue Reading


01.23.17

Rounds Statement on Heather Wilson’s Nomination to Serve as Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on the nomination of Dr. Heather Wilson, president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T), to be secretary of the Air Force: "I congratulate Dr. Wilson for being nominated to lead the Air Force," said Rounds. "While I am selfishly disappointed she won't be continuing to serve SDSM&T, our state's loss is our country's gain. Her experience as… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Rounds Questions EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt at Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW), today questioned Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt during his confirmation hearing to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "As the Attorney General, you represented the interests of your state-both your state's economy and your state's environment," said Rounds during the hearing. "But, just because you are pro-economic development does not mea… Continue Reading

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