Press Releases

05.27.20

Update on Jean Rounds

PIERRE. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and his wife, Jean, today provided the following update on Jean's cancer treatment: Last week, Mike and Jean traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for Jean's 90-day post-radiation checkup. No evidence of cancer was found after several days of testing. "After a series of important tests last week, we are thankful to share the news that Jean's cancer treatment has remained successful," said Mike and Jean. "The past year has been the toughest on… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Rounds Supports FISA Amendment to Strengthen Due Process, Protect Civil Liberties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today voted in favor of the Lee/Leahy amendment, which provides federal law enforcement with the tools they need to protect Americans from foreign powers while also better protecting the civil liberties of all Americans. It passed by a vote of 77-19. FISA reauthorization is being considered in the Senate this week, with a final vote expected tomorrow. "The FBI's gross mishandling of the FISA process when it surveilled President Trump's campaign has un… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Rounds, Tester and Colleagues Fight to Reinstate Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) today introduced a resolution to support country of origin labeling (COOL) for beef products in the United States in an effort to provide critical support to American cattle producers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution, cosponsored by U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), urges the U.S. to enter into necessary trade negotiations to allow the United States to re-implement… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Legislation Allowing Larger Faith-Based Groups, Nonprofits to Receive PPP Loans

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to introduce legislation that would allow larger nonprofits such as YMCAs and churches to receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. "Countless Americans are struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, and faith-based nonprofit groups are once again stepping up to the plate to provide relief," said Rounds. "Our legislation would al… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency in Cattle Pricing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and five other senators to introduce legislation to foster efficient markets while increasing competition and transparency among meat packers who purchase livestock directly from producers. This bill will require that a minimum of 50 percent of a meat packer's weekly volume of beef slaughter be purchased on the open or spot market. "Even before COVID-19 hit our country, we had serious concerns about pr… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Delegation Urges USDA to Allow State-Approved Meat and Poultry Products to Be Donated or Sold Across State Lines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allow meat and poultry products that have been inspected by state-approved meat and poultry inspection programs to be donated or sold across state lines. COVID-19 outbreaks in processing facilities, like the one at the Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., have significantly affected meat processing capacity, and the livestock p… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Rounds, Thune Join Colleagues in Requesting DOJ to Investigate Potential Illegal Practices by Beef Packers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting that the department investigate potential anticompetitive activities in the highly concentrated beef packing sector. "The lack of competition in the meatpacking industry has resulted in a vulnerable beef supply chain, which the current national emergency has destabilized further," the sen… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Sens. Rounds and Gillibrand and Reps. Cisneros and Mast Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to End Military-Connected Child Abuse and Neglect

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Reps. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-Calif.) and Brian Mast (R-Fla.) today introduced the End Military-Connected Child Abuse and Neglect Act. The bipartisan and bicameral bill would improve how the Department of Defense tracks and responds to incidents of child abuse and neglect occurring on military installations or involving military dependents. There are approximately 1.2 million school-aged military dependents … Continue Reading


05.12.20

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation That Would Work Toward Taiwan’s Inclusion in World Health Organization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed S. 249, legislation he cosponsored that calls for the Secretary of State to develop a strategy for Taiwan to regain observer status in the World Health Organization: "With each passing day, we learn more about China's failure to alert the world to the seriousness of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Taiwan has been a reliable partner in the global fight against the pandemic. I'm pleased the Senate passed ou… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Rounds Introduces Legislation to Provide State Flexibility in Using CARES Act Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has introduced legislation to improve flexibility for state, local and tribal governments in using existing COVID-19 relief funds. The legislation permits up to 25 percent of funds already allocated to local governments through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to cover lost tax revenue. State, local and tribal tax revenues fund vital services such as education, local law enforcement, fire departments, road construction and … Continue Reading


05.11.20

Rounds, King Lead Colleagues in Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Inclusion of New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to pass the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act as part of the federal government's COVID-19 response efforts. "As of Friday, May 2, 2020… Continue Reading


05.11.20

Rounds, Colleagues Urge Indemnity Support for Pork Producers During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined a bipartisan group of senators to send a letter to Congressional leaders, seeking additional funding for programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would assist pork producers who are being forced to depopulate livestock herds because of restaurant and meat processing plant closures during the pandemic. Farmers are facing an animal welfare crisis due to overcrowding and the challenge of providing enough feed and water avail… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Rounds Statement on President Asking DOJ to Investigate Price Fixing in Cattle Market

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after President Trump revealed that he has asked the Department of Justice to investigate suspicious meat packer pricing activity: "I thank President Trump for continuing to stand up for our farmers and ranchers. Even before COVID-19 hit our country, South Dakota's cattle producers were seeing significant losses. This has only worsened in recent months. Meanwhile, store prices and boxed beef prices are at record h… Continue Reading


04.29.20

Rounds, Cramer Urge Treasury Department to Allot Fair and Equitable Amount of Funding to Tribes in the Great Plains Region

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, urging the Department of the Treasury to distribute the $8 billion allocated for tribes in the CARES Act in a fair and equal manner to the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs Regions. The Great Plains Region, which includes South Dakota and North Dakota, makes up 10 percent of the enrolled tribal member population nationwide and encompasses nearly 25 percent of all Indian land… Continue Reading


04.28.20

Following Rounds Request, Administration Declares Meat Processing Plants as Critical Infrastructure by Invoking the Defense Production Act

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to declare meat processing plants as critical infrastructure. Under the Executive Order issued tonight, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is directed to make certain America's meat and poultry processors continue operations uninterrupted to the maximum extent possible. "Yesterday, I wrote to President Trump to underscore the need to invoke the Defe… Continue Reading


04.27.20

Rounds Urges Administration to Take Additional Steps to Address Food Production Crisis

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today wrote to President Trump to urge the administration to take additional steps to address the food production crisis. Yesterday, Rounds sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence calling for the administration to develop a plan that simultaneously protects food workers and public health, as well as addresses the nation's on-farm and on-ranch livestock emergency. In his letter today, Rounds urged the administration to invoke the Defense Production Act, wh… Continue Reading


04.26.20

Rounds Urges Administration to Take Steps to Address Food Production Crisis

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today wrote to Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the coronavirus task force, to emphasize the need to take immediate steps to address the nation's food production crisis. The letter calls for the administration to develop a plan that simultaneously protects food workers and public health, as well as addresses the nation's on-farm and on-ranch livestock emergency. Excerpts of the letter: "Production of food is critical to the nation, to citizens… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Following Rounds Request, SBA Modifies Rules to Allow All Gaming Facilities to be Eligible for Small Business Relief Program

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that all gaming facilities with 500 or fewer employees will be eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). "Like every other sector of South Dakota's economy right now, our gaming facilities, such as tribally-owned casinos and gaming operations in Deadwood, need relief. We raised concerns about initial guidance from the SBA that prevented cert… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Rounds, Klobuchar Urge Administration to Make Sure Veterans Receive the Care they Deserve During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wrote a letter calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to take additional measures to make certain that at-risk veterans - including those exposed to burns pits and other toxic substances - receive the care they need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "Servicemembers who have been exposed to burn pits suffer from higher rates of asthma, emphysema, and rare lung disorders - making them particularly at ri… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Rounds Joins Members of Congress Urging USDA to Provide Assistance to Pork Producers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action to assist pork producers and maintain the pork food supply chain. The letter follows the closure of the Smithfield processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Smithfield also recently announced the closure of its plant in Martin City, Missouri, which receives raw materials from the Sioux Falls plant. "We hope t… Continue Reading

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