Press Releases

10.27.15

Rounds, Johnson, King, Manchin Announce New Senate Regulations Caucus

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) today announced the formation of the bipartisan Senate Regulations Caucus to address regulatory reform at the federal level. Recognizing the many movements and legislative efforts currently in existence to address regulation, the goal of the Senate Regulations Caucus is to unify and lead these efforts to advance meaningful regulatory reform in Congress. "With more than 1 million fe… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Rounds Cosponsors Resolution to Overturn Clean Power Plan Rules

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today cosponsored a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with its proposed Clean Power Plan regulations for existing power sources. "While South Dakota has one coal power plant at Big Stone, we still get much of our power from surrounding states which would be seriously affected by the President… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Rounds: Obama NDAA Veto a Slap in the Face to our Troops

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after President Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "Having just returned from the Middle East where I met with government and military officials, it is evident the need to provide a stable and clear path forward in our military endeavors. It is very disappointing that the President would veto this military authorization bill, simply because he wants to spend more money on agencies like the I… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Rounds Chairs Hearing on EPA Regulations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today conducted a hearing to analyze the process by which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) on the new regulations it imposes on the American people. The hearing, entitled Oversight of Regulatory Impact Analyses for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regulations, is … Continue Reading


10.21.15

Rounds Opening Statement at Oversight Hearing on EPA Regulations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, provided the following opening statement at today's hearing, entitled "Oversight of Regulatory Impact Analyses for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regulations." The purpose of the hearing is to conduct oversight related to impact analyses for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including adherence to applicable… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Rounds Votes to Protect American Families, Strengthen Immigration Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today voted to proceed to debate on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, legislation that would withhold federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions that fail to comply with certain federal immigration laws. Unfortunately, the bill was filibustered by Senate Democrats. "The fact that state and local governments release dangerous criminals who are here illegally should be of great concern to all Americans, whether or not they liv… Continue Reading


10.19.15

Following Concerns from Rounds, GOP Colleagues, DOL Announces Plans to Rewrite Fiduciary Rule

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today made the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to revise its proposed fiduciary rule. Earlier this year, Rounds joined 35 of his Republican colleagues in a letter to DOL Secretary Thomas Perez in which they outlined their concerns regarding the proposed rule and requested an extension of the comment period. "I am pleased that the Department of Labor has listened to the… Continue Reading


10.16.15

Rounds Congratulates 114th Fighter Wing on Air Force Award

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today congratulated the 114th Fighter Wing of the South Dakota Air National Guard for receiving the 2014 Air Force Outstanding Unit award for the time period of October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2014. "The 114th Fighter Wing has been on the frontlines protecting our country," said Rounds. "They are among the best our nation has to offer, performing every mission with integrity, honor and selfless commitment. This award is recognition of what a great … Continue Reading


10.14.15

Rounds Introduces Fall Semester Interns

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced two South Dakota college students as fall 2015 interns in his Washington, D.C., office. Sophie Doeden is from Beresford, SD, and is a junior at Northern State University in Aberdeen. Sophie is majoring in political science and minoring in history and economics. She is involved in Girls State and teaches Sunday school at her church. Kristi Blackler is from Rapid City, SD, and is a senior at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. K… Continue Reading


10.13.15

Rounds Calls on VA Secretary to Hold Benefits Bureaucrats Accountable for ‘Shockingly Unethical’ Misuse of Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with other members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to hold accountable senior bureaucrats who participated in a "shockingly unethical" scheme at the Veterans Benefits Administration to increase pay for high-level employees by transferring them to other positions within the administration. According to a VA Office of Inspector General investigation… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Rounds Supports Court Decision on WOTUS

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and Chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, made the following statement on today's Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stay the Obama Administration's recent changes to the definition of "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS). The final WOTUS rule was released earlier this year. "I support the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Rounds Supports Nomination of Randy Seiler to Be U.S. Attorney for South Dakota

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) announced his support for President Obama's decision to nominate Randy Seiler of Fort Pierre to be U.S. Attorney for South Dakota. Seiler, a longtime federal prosecutor, had been serving as acting U.S. attorney since March. His nomination will now head to the Senate for confirmation. "Randy is a friend who has earned the respect and admiration of many South Dakotans," said Rounds. "He has the experience, integrity and professionalism necessary to fait… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Rounds Signs on to VETS Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today signed on as an original cosponsor to the bipartisan Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 (VETS Act). This bill would allow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health professionals to provide telemedicine services across state lines if they are qualified and practice within the scope of their authorized federal duties. "The VA's telehealth program allows our veterans to rece… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Rounds Joins Colleagues on Letter Questioning Delayed OMB Report

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and chairman of the Senate EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today joined his colleagues in a letter to the Hon. Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), regarding OMB's delay in publishing the required report to Congress on the benefits and costs of federal regulations. "Your office has yet to publish its stat… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Rounds: Senate Democrats Continue to Block Appropriations Process

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today expressed his disappointment that Senate Democrats blocked another appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016. H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water appropriations bill, was filibustered on the Senate floor today despite receiving overwhelming bipartisan support when it passed the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year. "Senate Democrats continue denying us the opportuni… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Rounds Praises Senate Passage of Major Bill to Support our Troops

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised the Senate's passage of the final version of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2016, which included a number of provisions he offered. Rounds' provisions to help develop the Air Force's new bomber and improve the health care of our service members, military retirees and their families were included in the final NDAA passed by the Senate.‎ "I commend my coll… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Rounds: Latest Democrat Filibuster of Appropriations Legislation Hurts South Dakota Veterans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Committees, today expressed his disappointment after Senate Democrats blocked a bipartisan appropriations bill that would fund projects related to military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Military Construction and VA and Related Agencies Appropriations Act is one of 12 appropriations bills that would fund the government for Fiscal Year 2016. Earlier this year, i… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Rounds Questions Army Corps Official on WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today at a hearing questioned U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo Ellen Darcy on her agency's participation in the development of the final Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. WOTUS dramatically expands the federal government's jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act - far beyond what Congress intended - by requiring onerous and unnecessary new r… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Rounds Statement on Passing of Former Governor Walter Dale Miller

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Governor Walter Dale Miller: "Jean and I send our deepest sympathies to Pat and the Miller family as they deal with this tragic loss," said Rounds. "Walt was a longtime friend and mentor who led our state through a difficult time. His love of South Dakota and legacy of public service is one we can all admire. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the Millers."… Continue Reading


09.23.15

Deadline Approaching for Spring Internship Applications

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced the deadline is approaching to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices for the spring 2016 semester. The spring semester will run from mid-January to mid-May. College credit is available. Duties in the Washington, D.C., office may include tracking legislation, researching bills, attending committee hearings and briefings, leading tours of the U.S. Capitol, handling constituent phone cal… Continue Reading

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