Press Releases

06.09.15

Rounds Cosponsors Obamacare Replacement Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) joined his colleagues in introducing the Patient Freedom Act, a conservative response to protect millions of Americans who are at risk of losing their health care coverage following the Supreme Court's ruling in King v. Burwell. The Patient Freedom Act, introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), lowers costs, eliminates mandates, gives states the power and puts patients in control of their health care. "The Administration has no plan to pr… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Rounds Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Veterans' Benefits

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today joined Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) and other senators in introducing legislation to increase veterans' disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015 (S.1493) would increase the rates of VA disability compensation, dependency compensation for surviving children and spouses, and the clothing allowance fo… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Rounds Criticizes EPA Proposal to Radically Alter Ozone Standards

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today at a hearing questioned Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal that would dramatically alter ozone standards in the U.S. "This hearing was especially important to understand the impacts of what could be the most costly regulation ever imposed on the American people," said Rounds. "These regulations could force South Dakotans to pay to control ozone emissions that… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Delegation Supports Gov. Daugaard’s Request for Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today urged President Obama to declare a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for South Dakota counties affected by the May 10, 2015, storm and EF-2 tornado, during which nine people were injured and 57 homes were damaged - including 27 that were completely destroyed. "We respectfully request that you declare a major disaster for the relevant areas of our state and that y… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Delegation Urges USDA to Take Responsibility for Pautre Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service (FS), and Office of General Counsel (OGC) to finally take responsibility for the Pautre fire that beginning on April 3, 2013, consumed standing grass on more than 10,000 acres of public and private pasture land, and damaged and destroyed fences, bales of forage, buildings, and trees. "We strongly urge you to recognize … Continue Reading


06.02.15

Rounds Delivers Maiden Speech on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D., today delivered his maiden speech on the Senate floor to discuss the bipartisan RESTORE Resolution, which seeks to free Americans from overregulation. RESTORE would establish a Joint Select Committee to conduct a comprehensive review of rules enacted by federal agencies and analyze the feasibility and options for creating a rules review process in congress. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Madam President, I rise today, for the first time speaking… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Rounds Welcomes Summer Interns to Washington

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today welcomed four South Dakota college students as Summer 2015 interns in his Washington, D.C., office. Brandon Van Beek is from Beresford, SD, and is currently a student at the University of South Dakota. Brandon is majoring in political science and economics. Dustin Santjer is from Aberdeen, SD, and is currently a student at the University of South Dakota. Dustin is majoring in political science and finance. Leah Gosch is from Rapid City, SD,… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Rounds Announces New Washington Office Location

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that his Washington, D.C., office has moved to the Hart Senate Office Building. Effective, today, June 1, 2015, his new office location will be 502 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510. The office phone and fax numbers will remain unchanged at (202) 224-5842 (phone), (844) 875-5268 (toll free phone) and (202) 224-7482 (fax). The office hours will continue to be 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. Each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. wh… Continue Reading


05.29.15

Regulation without Representation

The burden placed on Americans to pay for federal regulations in 2014 far exceeded the cost we paid in income taxes. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans paid $1.88 trillion in regulatory compliance and $1.4 trillion in individual federal income taxes. These numbers should concern every one of us. Not only are regulatory costs taking money out of the pockets of South Dakota families, they are stunting economic growth and crushing the can-do American spirit that founded ou… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Rounds Statement on WOTUS Final Rule

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement on the administration's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) final rule, which was announced today. Last month, Rounds joined his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to curb the effects of WOTUS. "The WOTUS rule is a broad expansion of federal jurisdiction that infringes on private landowners' rights throughout South Dakota," said Rounds. "It goes far beyo… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Rounds Applauds Banking Committee Passage of Regulatory Reform Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, applauded today's passage of "The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015" out of committee. "I am pleased to see this important legislation move forward," said Rounds. "The bill passed through committee today will provide much-needed regulatory relief to the financial services industry and the consumers they serve. South Dakota's banking industry has been hit hard by rules … Continue Reading


05.20.15

Rounds Introduces RESTORE To Permanently Address Regulatory Reform

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced a resolution to permanently address overregulation in America. The bipartisan Regulation Sensibility Through Oversight Restoration (RESTORE) Resolution would establish a Joint Select Committee to conduct a comprehensive review of rules enacted by federal agencies and analyze the feasibility and options for creating a rules review process in congress. The committee would also hold hearings on the effects of these rules and recommend wa… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Rounds Chairs Hearing on Oversight of Scientific Advisory Panels and Processes at the EPA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today conducted a hearing on the science behind the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision-making. The hearing focused on oversight of scientific advisory panels and processes at the EPA and included a legislative hearing on S. 543, the Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015. "The EPA is supposed to rely on science as the … Continue Reading


05.19.15

Rounds Questions Witnesses on Misguided EPA Methodology Used in WOTUS Rulemaking Process

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW), today at a hearing questioned methods used to write the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposal. Last month, Rounds joined his colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to curb the effects of WOTUS if it is implemented. A final rule is expected this week. "The WOTUS rule would greatly expand EPA's authority under the Clean Water Act and could impose dramatic new regulator… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Rounds Applauds Inclusion of His B-1 Bomber and Defense Health Care Provisions in National Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the committee's passage of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included several provisions he offered. Provisions of Rounds' bills to protect B-1 bombers from premature retirement and improve the health care of our service members, military retirees and their families were included in the final NDAA that passed out of committee. "I commend my fellow commit… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Rounds Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Provide Affordable, Reliable Energy to South Dakotans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing legislation that will be the principal legislative vehicle in the Senate to rollback President Obama's "Clean Power Plan." "As proposed, EPA's Clean Power Plan would result in higher electricity rates, fewer jobs and uncertainty surrounding the reliability of the electric grid - with little environmental benefit, said … Continue Reading


05.12.15

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Streamline Tricare for Service Members and Military Retirees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Committees, today introduced legislation to streamline the process for service members and military retirees enrolled in Tricare health plans when they move from one Tricare region to another. The current system for transferring Tricare beneficiaries is often ineffective, resulting in unnecessary delays. "For our service members and military retirees, who have given so much while serving ou… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Rounds Urges Senate Democrats to End Filibuster of TPA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today voted in favor of allowing debate on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation on the floor of the Senate. TPA would strengthen the hand of the U.S. when entering into trade negotiations with foreign nations. Despite widespread bipartisan support for TPA, the vote failed 52-45. Every president since FDR has been granted TPA through 2007. "I'm disappointed that Senate Democrats are putting politics before policy and blocking debate on TPA leg… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Protect B-1 Bombers at Ellsworth from Premature Retirement

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation that would add Congressional oversight of any decision to retire the B-1, B-2 or B-52 bomber aircraft. The Long Range Bomber Sustainment Act of 2015 prevents the retirement of aircraft in the current bomber force unless the Department of Defense certifies that it would not result in a loss of operational capability. There are currently 27 B-1 bombers located at E… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Rounds Praises Senate Passage of Iran Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which passed 98-1. "I'm pleased the Senate passed the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act today," said Rounds. "The American people deserve to have a voice in any nuclear deal with Iran. It is important that any deal is enforceable so that we can keep Iran accountable. What's most important though, is that Iran never be able to g… Continue Reading

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