Press Releases

03.12.20

Rounds, 17 Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Protect Military Families’ Second Amendment Rights

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today reintroduced the Protect our Military Families' 2nd Amendment Rights Act. This legislation would allow military spouses to purchase handguns in the state where their husband or wife is permanently stationed for duty, or in a neighboring state if the military spouse commutes across state borders to their duty installation. "Our military personnel and their families make incredible sacrifices to keep our country safe," said Rounds. "Allowing them t… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Sioux Falls Student Receives Offer of Appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that O'Gorman High School student Zachary Curd has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). Curd is the son of Dr. Blake and Debbie Curd of Sioux Falls, SD. He was nominated to the Air Force Academy by Rounds. "Congratulations to Zach on receiving an offer of appointment to the Air Force Academy," said Rounds. "Zach has a love of flying that will serve him well at the Air Force Academy. He… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Rounds Statement on First Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement on the news that the state of South Dakota has confirmed five cases COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. One individual who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away, but because of underlying health conditions, the cause of death is still being determined at this time. "The state of South Dakota has been preparing to deal with a COVID-19, as has the federal government. Last week, we passed legislation … Continue Reading


03.05.20

35,000 additional H-2B Visas Available This Year

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it is making available an additional 35,000 H-2B visas for seasonal guest workers to return to the United States this summer to work. They will be available in two batches: 20,000 will be available on April 1, and 15,000 will be available on May 15. Details on how employers can apply to receive these additional workers will be made available by DHS in the coming days. Those details will be posted at https://www.dhs.gov/, and we'll be sure to up… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Increase Access to Respirators

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to introduce legislation to help make sure manufacturers and distributors can produce respirators during health crises, such as the current COVID-19 epidemic. Respirators are masks worn over the mouth and nose to prevent the inhalation of noxious substances, including viruses and diseases that can spread through the air. "As the number of confirmed ca… Continue Reading


02.28.20

Rounds Joins Thune, Colleagues in Letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to Share Concerns with Brazilian Beef Imports

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and 13 other senators in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to express their concerns with the administration's decision to lift the U.S. ban on Brazilian raw beef imports. In 2017, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) blocked imports of Brazilian beef due to public health concerns, poor sanitary conditions and animal health issues. "Given that the United State… Continue Reading


02.26.20

Harrisburg Student Receives Offer of Appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Harrisburg High School senior Pierce Okken has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Okken is the son of Noelle and Craig Okken of Harrisburg, SD. He was nominated to the Air Force Academy by Rounds. "Congratulations to Pierce on receiving an offer of appointment to the Air Force Academy," said Rounds. "His love of country and strong faith in God will help him to be a good leader in the Ai… Continue Reading


02.18.20

Rounds Receives 100 Percent Rating for Pro-Life Voting Record

PIERRE -U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he received the Family Research Council (FRC) Action's 'True Blue' award for his 100 percent rating to protect life, religious liberty and family values. "We thank Sen. Rounds for voting to defend and advance faith, family, and freedom," said Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins. "As a 'True Blue' member, he voted 100% on FRC Action's Scorecard, including to protect babies who are born alive after a failed abortion, en… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Sioux Falls Student Receives Fully Qualified Offers of Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Military Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Lincoln High School student Max Martin has received fully qualified offers of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy. Max is the son of Jon and Janet Martin of Sioux Falls, SD. "Congratulations to Max on receiving offers to both the Naval Academy and the Military Academy at West Point," said Rounds. "Max is an outstanding young man. Receiving one offer of appointment to a service academy is rare, but … Continue Reading


02.12.20

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to introduce the Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act, which halts certain Department of Justice grant funding to states that defy certain federal immigration laws. "We are a nation of laws," said Rounds. "If state and local governments fail to uphold our la… Continue Reading


02.12.20

Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expedite Disaster Recovery Projects

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) to introduce bipartisan legislation that would expedite the start of certain hazard mitigation projects after natural disasters, while grant applicants await federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) hazard mitigation grant program. "South Dakotans know all too w… Continue Reading


02.12.20

Rapid City Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that his principal nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Corwyn "Ethan" Wipf, has received a fully qualified offer of acceptance to the Air Force Academy. Ethan is a student at Rapid City Christian School. He is the son of Corwyn and Sarah Wipf of Rapid City. "I'm proud to have nominated Ethan to the Air Force Academy as my principal nominee," said Rounds. "He has always wanted to serve his country in the Air Force, and one of his te… Continue Reading


02.11.20

Rounds, Manchin Lead Colleagues in Letter to International Trade Commission Urging Proper Enforcement of Trade Laws

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today led 23 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to International Trade Commission (ITC) Chairman David Johanson urging action against illegal Chinese trade practices that have unfairly harmed the American kitchen cabinet industry. It has been estimated that the American cabinet industry has suffered as much as $4 billion in harm as a result of China's unfair trading practices. "American manufacturers of kitchen cabinets… Continue Reading


02.11.20

Brookings High School Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Brookings High School student Ellie Abraham has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). Ellie is the daughter of Ross and Julie Abraham of Brookings, SD. "Congratulations to Ellie on her offer of appointment to the Naval Academy," said Rounds. "Ellie seeks out challenges and always strives for excellence. She works hard at school, and is active in track, soccer and band. She also spends t… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Pierre Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Military Academy at West Point

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that T.F. Riggs High School student Isaac Buchholtz has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Isaac is the son of Brian and Kristal Buchholtz of Pierre, SD. "Congratulations to Isaac on his offer of appointment to West Point," said Rounds. "Our nation's service academies are among the most elite educational institutions in the world, and receiving an offer of appointment to attend … Continue Reading


02.07.20

Lennox High School Student Receives Fully Qualified Offer of Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

PIERRE-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that Madeline Loewe, a student at Lennox High School, has received a fully qualified offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). Madeline is the daughter of Matthew and Paula Loewe of Lennox, SD. "Congratulations to Madeline on receiving an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy," said Rounds. "Madeline's application to my office really stood out, and I was proud to nominate her as my principal nominee to the Naval Acad… Continue Reading


02.04.20

Rounds Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement on the president's State of the Union Address: "The American dream is alive and well thanks to the policies we've been able to enact during President Trump's time in office. Tonight, the president took the opportunity to outline many of these successes: a booming economy, lower taxes, record-low unemployment, a strong military and new trade deals that will benefit our farmers, ranchers and manufacturers." "He also… Continue Reading


02.04.20

Rounds Delivers Remarks on Articles of Impeachment

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial. Votes on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump are scheduled for tomorrow. Rounds will vote to acquit the president. "Our Founding Fathers included impeachment- effectively overturning the will of the American electorate- to be used only as a last resort," said Rounds during his remarks. "This impeachment process, driven by partisan desire, was rushed and lacked any prope… Continue Reading


01.31.20

Rounds: We’ve Done our Due Diligence, It’s Time to Get Back to Doing the People’s Work

WASHINGTON -U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he will vote to bring the impeachment trial to a close and move forward to the question of acquittal. "Based on the Constitution, the facts presented to us by the House and the political nature of this entire impeachment process, it is clear to me we have the information necessary to make our decision. Requiring witnesses would unfortunately legitimize the House process which brought accusations without substantiation of fact. … Continue Reading


01.29.20

Rounds Attends Signing of USMCA at White House

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today attended President Trump's signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. "I had the honor to join President Trump at the White House this morning for the signing of the USMCA," said Rounds. "This new agreement will expand trade opportunities for South Dakota's farmers, ranchers and manufacturers. Mexico and Canada are two of our most valued trading partners, and signing… Continue Reading

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