Press Releases

05.06.15

Rounds Questions FWS on Aggressive Confrontation Tactics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today questioned Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe about the agency's aggressive techniques used to intimidate landowners regarding land easements. During the hearing, Rounds cited a letter he received from a South Dakota farmer who reports encountering an aggressive FWS agent he feels was using intimidation tactics regarding Waterfowl Management Rights despite … Continue Reading


04.30.15

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Navigable Waters in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined his colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S.1140). The bipartisan legislation would protect traditional navigable waters of the United States. It also protects farmers, ranchers and private landowners by directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue a revised "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule that does not include things such as i… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Rounds Announces Former Governors Caucus for 114th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) announced the membership of the Former Governors Caucus for the 114th Congress. The caucus, which will be chaired by Rounds, King and Shaheen, is a coalition of lawmakers who want to use their experience as former state executives to work together in pursuit of practical and pragmatic solutions to the nation's problems. "Former governors are accustomed to making decisions and working acro… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Rounds, Isakson Request Clarification from VA on New Billing Rule

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Veterans Affairs' Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-G.A.) today sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald requesting that the VA clarify their billing rule change for home health and hospice providers. "Providing timely and adequate health care to our veterans is of utmost importance," said Rounds. "I appreciate the VA's efforts to reimburse home health a… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Rounds, Thune Call on USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance in Fight Against Avian Flu Virus

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas Vilsack, requesting assistance to contain the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus affecting poultry farms in South Dakota. "While not harmful to humans, the bird flu virus has the potential to devastate the entire U.S. poultry industry," said Rounds. "Already, more than 300,000 South Dakota turkeys have been destroyed. Agriculture is our number one economy in S… Continue Reading


04.27.15

Trade Opportunities Benefit South Dakota Farmers, Producers, Manufacturers

Free and fair trade plays an important role in American commerce. From higher wages for U.S. workers to supporting small businesses and agriculture, trade has a proven record of keeping our economy healthy and vibrant. In South Dakota alone, trade supports 124,000 jobs. In 2013, we exported $3.7 billion worth of products. Trade levels the playing field in the global marketplace so we have the best opportunity to promote American-made goods throughout the world. We should continually be looking f… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Rounds Praises Bipartisan TPA Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today appeared on Fox Business' Varney & Co. to discuss the Senate Finance Committee's passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation late last night. TPA would help the U.S. finalize trade agreements and open new markets to U.S. goods. "Trade Promotion Authority will help the U.S. negotiate stronger, more enforceable international trade standards and open up new markets for American-made products," said Rounds. "It is an effective t… Continue Reading


04.20.15

Delegation Applauds Transition of 28th Bomb Wing under Global Strike Command

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today praised Ellsworth Air Force Base's announcement that the 28th Bomb Wing will be moving under the control of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). The official transition will take place on October 1. The command structure of the Air Force divides the Air Force into 10 major commands. Although AFGSC will be the controlling command for Ellsworth Air Force Base and the B-1B bombers, Air C… Continue Reading


04.17.15

Rounds Announces Military Academy Day in Pierre

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced his office is hosting a Military Academy Day in Pierre so students can learn more about the academy enrollment process at our nation's military academies. "Our nation's academies offer an opportunity to serve our nation while receiving top-notch education," said Rounds. "The purpose of Military Academy Day is to provide students a one-stop opportunity to learn more about each of the academies and the application process. I enco… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Rounds Announces Fall Internship Opportunities in Washington, South Dakota Offices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced internship opportunities in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices for the fall 2015 semester. The fall semester will run from mid-August to mid-December. 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 calls, sorting mail and … Continue Reading


04.14.15

Rounds Chairs First Subcommittee Hearing on Management of EPA, Fish and Wildlife, Chemical Safety Agencies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today chaired his first hearing entitled "Oversight of the Management of the Federal Environmental Protection, Chemical Safety, and Fish and Wildlife Agencies." "Today's hearing laid the groundwork for what we want to accomplish in this subcommittee, which is to identify and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse within the EPA… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Rounds Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Management of EPA, Fish and Wildlife, Chemical Safety Agencies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, today provided the following opening statement at a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Management of the Federal Environmental Protection, Chemical Safety, and Fish and Wildlife Agencies." Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: The Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversi… Continue Reading


04.09.15

Rounds to Chair First EPW Subcommittee Hearing

First Hearing Entitled "Oversight of the Management of the Federal Environmental Protection, Chemical Safety and Fish and Wildlife Agencies" WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. ET entitled "Oversight of the Management of the Federal Environmental Protection, Chemical Safety, and Fish and Wildlife Agencies."… Continue Reading


04.08.15

Rounds Announces New Senate Payments Innovation Caucus

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), along with Sens. Gary Peters (D-M.I.), Johnny Isakson (R-G.A.) and Tom Carper (D-D.E.), today announced the formation of the bipartisan Senate Payments Innovation Caucus. The Senate Payments Innovation Caucus will explore new and innovative technologies in the payments industry and address issues concerning data security, consumer protection and electronic payments. "Credit cards and mobile payments are a large part of South Dakota's economy, and … Continue Reading


04.02.15

Rounds Asks South Dakotans to Share Their Federal Regulation Stories

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today launched a new initiative to give South Dakotans an opportunity to share their stories about the impact federal regulation has in their work and on their daily lives. These stories will help Rounds determine where to focus his efforts to cut waste, fraud, abuse and overregulation by federal agencies. "I continue to hear from South Dakotans who are being overwhelmed by federal bureaucracy and red tape," said Rounds. "This will give them the oppor… Continue Reading


03.31.15

Rounds Congratulates Sioux Falls, Rapid City Students for Documentary Competition Award

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today congratulated nine Sioux Falls and Rapid City students for receiving top prizes in C-SPAN's 2015 StudentCam Documentary Competition. This contest asked students across the nation to create a brief documentary on a national policy issue. These nine South Dakotans are among 347 recipients nationwide. Winners of second prizes and above will have their videos aired on C-SPAN throughout the day on April 9th. "I congratulate these bright young South … Continue Reading


03.30.15

Rounds Announces South Dakota Photo Contest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced his office is hosting a photo contest. He is seeking photos from across the state that highlight the unique scenery and landscape South Dakota has to offer. The top photo submissions will be featured on Rounds' social media pages and website. "From rolling hills and canyons to fertile river beds and prairies, our state has some of the most unique and diverse landscape in the country," said Rounds. "I look forward to showcasing some of … Continue Reading


03.27.15

Rounds Statement on Passage of Senate Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement on the passage of the Senate budget resolution early this morning: "When Republicans took control of the Senate this year, we vowed to restore regular order which has been missing for far too long. Passing a budget resolution is an important part of keeping that promise. The budget we spent more than 15 hours amending is an important framework that will allow us to get to work on the appropriations process and enact meanin… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Rounds Offers Amendment to Protect Taxpayers from Waste, Fraud and Abuse

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced an amendment to the budget resolution requiring Congress to include findings from Inspectors General (IG) when examining ways to reduce waste, fraud and abuse within federal agencies. "We owe it to South Dakota taxpayers to make certain their hard-earned dollars are spent wisely in Washington," said Rounds. "I've already been working with IGs in my committee work and know firsthand how valuable their reports can be in finding waste, fra… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Rounds, Inhofe Statement on Chemical Safety Board Chairman’s Resignation

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and released the following statement welcoming the resignation of Rafael Mourie-Eraso, chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: "We applaud the White House for responding to our request for Chairman Rafael Mourie-Era… Continue Reading

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