Press Releases


Rounds Statement on Netanyahu Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress: "I thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for taking the time to address us today on our shared goal of stopping Iran from its nuclear ambitions. Our relationship with Israel transcends both time and political theater, and we must continue to work together to defeat our enemies which seek to destroy us. A nuclear Iran threatens the entire world … Continue Reading


Rounds Joins Senate EPW Republicans in Taking a Stand for Academic Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today joined all other EPW Republicans in a letter promoting scientific discovery and academic freedom. The letter was sent to the same 107 recipients of letters sent earlier this week by Congressional Democrats to universities, private companies, trade groups, and non-profit organizations, asking for detailed information on funding climate science. As explained in the EPW Republican letter s… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Academy Nominations

Serving in the United States Senate comes with a lot of responsibilities, but nominating South Dakota students to the military service academies is one that I am really looking forward to. My first opportunity to nominate students to the academies will be this fall. Each member of the Congressional delegation will nominate students to the academies. The four service academies that require a Congressional Nomination are the Military Academy at West Point, New York; the Naval Academy at Annapolis… Continue Reading


Rounds Receives Assurances that Decision on Hot Springs is not Predetermined

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, today received assurances from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald that the agency has not made any premature decisions regarding the Hot Springs VA hospital. Rounds asked: Would you be able to assure the committee that the SCIP items in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget request regarding the Black Hills Health Care System are not an indication of a predetermined decision for… Continue Reading


Rounds Announces Military Academy Day in Sioux Falls

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced his office is hosting a Military Academy Day in Sioux Falls so students can learn more about the academy enrollment process at our nation's military academies. The Sioux Falls Academy Day will be the first in a series across the state, including in Pierre and Rapid City. Others may be added. "Our nation's academies offer an opportunity to serve our nation while receiving top-notch education," said Rounds. "The purpose of Military… Continue Reading


Delegation Meets with VA Secretary to Urge Reconsideration of Proposal to Close Hot Springs VA

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Following a February 10 letter from the South Dakota delegation to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald urging the Obama administration to withdraw its budget proposal plans to reconfigure the Hot Springs VA, U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) held a delegation meeting today with the secretary to reiterate their concerns with the administration's pr… Continue Reading


Rounds Meets With South Dakota Veterans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, today met with the South Dakota American Legion and the South Dakota Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in his Washington, D.C. office. "When our service men and women step forward to bravely serve our country, we must make sure we honor our promises to them," said Rounds. "I thank the American Legion and DAV representatives for meeting with me today to share their experiences post-service. Their informed v… Continue Reading


Rounds: President 'Thumbed His Nose' at American People

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today expressed his disappointment in President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL legislation. "Once again, the President has chosen to appease the far-left wing of his political base instead of doing what's best for the American people," said Rounds. "Our Keystone legislation is an important jobs, infrastructure and energy bill that received widespread, bipartisan support in Congress. In his veto, he has thumbed his nose at the American people who ove… Continue Reading


Waters of the U.S. Rule Hurts South Dakota Producers

In South Dakota, agriculture is our number one industry, accounting for more than half of our economic output. To be successful, our farmers and ranchers must be good stewards of their land so that it remains viable. And they are. South Dakota producers are inherently good conservationists - their livelihoods depend on it. They don't need the Obama Administration interfering in their conservation efforts. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers … Continue Reading


Delegation Concerned 2015 Dietary Guidelines May Discourage Meat Consumption

Washington, D.C. - Following a new report from the Obama administration's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the suggested 2015 dietary guidelines, U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) expressed their concern about the misleading and inconsistent guidelines on meat consumption in the report. Every five years, USDA and HHS review … Continue Reading


Rounds Statement on Fermilab Meeting

PIERRE, S.D. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement following a meeting with Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer to discuss the planned Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) experiment: "I was pleased to meet with Director Nigel Lockyer to hear about the latest LBNF developments. Fermilab is leading LBNF for the Department of Energy, partnering with the Sanford Underground Research Facility to base the LBNF detectors for this world-leading neutrino experiment deep und… Continue Reading


Rounds Announces 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 summer 2015 semester. The summer semester will run from May to August 2015. 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


Rounds Announces Washington, South Dakota Office Information

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced his office locations and contact information. "I'm pleased to say that we are officially open for business," said Rounds. "We have four offices throughout the state, staffed with knowledgeable individuals who look forward to assisting South Dakotans." The Pierre, Sioux Falls and Rapid City offices will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aberdeen location will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Josh Haeder, th… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Providing Regulatory Relief for Community Banks

Small main-street banks are critical to the success of small businesses in South Dakota. They offer loans to farmers and support our small businesses that provide good jobs and essential services to all corners of our state. Often times, they also serve as community centers where birthdays, anniversaries, town meetings and other gatherings are held and lifelong memories are created. We understand that the longevity and prosperity of community banks are essential. Recently, financial institution… Continue Reading


Rounds Applauds Senate Confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense. "Carter is the right person to lead our armed forces as we fight growing threats from ISIL and other terror groups," said Rounds. "I voted to confirm Carter today, as I am confident he understands the needs of our service men and women and will seek to improve our long-term national security strategy. I had the opp… Continue Reading


Rounds Joins President as Clay Hunt SAV Act Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today attended the President's bill signing ceremony for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act at the White House. "I am grateful for the opportunity to join the President as he signed this very important bipartisan piece of legislation into law today," said Rounds. "Our men and women in uniform put everything on the line to protect this country. Many of them struggle with the… Continue Reading


Rounds Questions EPA on Costly Carbon Emissions Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today at a hearing questioned the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to regulate carbon emissions. The proposal, expected to be finalized this summer, would impose costly new regulations on power plants, despite the Administration's admission that it would do nothing to achieve its intended goal of reducing global warming. Rounds pressed: "We have a limited number of elect… Continue Reading


Delegation Urges VA Secretary to Withdraw Plans to Close Hot Springs VA from Obama Admin. Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today urged Department of Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to withdraw all plans to reconfigure the Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) from the Obama Administration's budget proposal. Last week, the administration's budget request proposed measures to close Hot Springs VA facilities, despite previous assurances that the VA would not act without finishing a fair and thorough … Continue Reading


Following Pressure from Delegation, FEMA Releases Timeline for Updated Sioux Falls Flood Map

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Following pressure on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the delegation at a January 27, 2015, meeting, U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) received a timeline for the release of the updated Sioux Falls flood map. According to the February 5, 2015, letter, FEMA will provide a draft of the updated flood map along the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek by June of 2015. The letter also outlined FEMA's plans to issue a … Continue Reading


Rounds Receives Assurances from Secretary of Defense Nominee that he is committed to Restoring B-1B Bomber Readiness

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, yesterday received assurances from Dr. Ash Carter that he is committed to restoring B-1B bomber readiness. At his confirmation hearing today, Dr. Carter told Rounds that while there are other factors to consider, he remains committed to restoring the mission capabilities of the B-1B bombers. There are currently 27 B-1B bombers located at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Box Elder, South Dakota. The 28th Bo… Continue Reading

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