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Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act Unanimously Passes Senate; Heading to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today announced their legislation, the Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act, is heading to the president's desk to be signed into law. "The National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., recognizes the tremendous sacrifices made by our Greatest Generation," said Rounds. "Their selfless efforts had an unmatched impact on our country. With the… Continue Reading


Rounds, Thune and Johnson Urge Biden to Grant Disaster Declaration Following June Storms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) sent a letter to President Biden in support of Governor Kristi Noem's (R-S.D.) request for a major disaster declaration in western and central South Dakota following a series of severe storms that began on June 11, 2022. The delegation has strongly supported previous disaster declaration requests, including the one that was granted on June 29, 2022, which came as a result of seve… Continue Reading


Rounds, Ernst and Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Designate June as “Month of Life”

WASHINGTON - In celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and eight of their Senate colleagues introduced a bill to designate June as the "Month of Life." "Every life is a precious gift from God," said Rounds. "The sanctity of human life is something we should all work to protect. This legislation celebrates the historic victory for life with the Supreme Court ruling, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organiza… Continue Reading


Rounds and Republican Armed Services Members Ask Pentagon to Justify Claim That Dobbs v. Jackson Would Significantly Impact Military Readiness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and the Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin requesting justification for a recent assertion from a top Department of Defense (DOD) official that the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization would significantly impact the "readiness of the Force." In a memorandum to the Force dated June 28, 2022, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readine… Continue Reading


Rounds Visits B-21 Production Facility, Provides Update

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued a statement on the progress of the new B-21 Raider bomber upon visiting its production facility: "The B-21 is one of the most advanced aircraft to ever be developed," said Rounds. "We are getting closer to bringing this state-of-the-art platform home to Ellsworth Air Force Base. While much of the information I received on my visit is classified, I am pleased to report the B-21 is on time and on budget. The public can expect the B-21 to… Continue Reading


Rounds and Tester Introduce Legislation to Improve Homeownership Opportunities for Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced the Native American Direct Loan Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at helping Native American veterans achieve homeownership. This legislation would reform the Native American Direct Loan (NADL) program administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and make it more accessible to Native American veterans living on trust land. … Continue Reading


Rounds, Thune, Colleagues Announce End of VA AIR Commission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee (SVAC), and John Thune (R-S.D.), along with SVAC Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today released the following joint statement announcing their collectiv… Continue Reading


Rounds’ South Dakota Nominees Starting at U.S. Service Academies

PIERRE - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced that seven South Dakota students he nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy have been accepted as members of the graduating class of 2026 at their respective academies. Rounds' office is currently accepting nomination applications for the graduating class of 2027. Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2022. More information on the nomination process can be found HERE. "Each year, I … Continue Reading


Rounds’ Meat Packing Special Investigator Act Passes Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today applauded passage of their bipartisan Meat Packing Special Investigator Act through the Senate Agriculture Committee. The senators' legislation will address anticompetitive practices in the meat and poultry industries that hurt consumers and producers, threaten the nation's food supply and endanger America's food security. "Anticompetitive behavior in the meat packing industry hurts both cons… Continue Reading


Rounds, Rubio and Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect the Rights of Pregnant Students and their Babies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other Senate colleagues introduced the Pregnant Students' Rights Act. The bill strengthens existing requirements for higher education institutions to publicly disclose the resources and rights available for pregnant and parenting students, including information about how to file a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if their school does not provide these accommodations. "The Pregnant Students' Rights … Continue Reading


Rounds, Thune, Johnson Urge Biden to Grant Much-Needed Disaster Relief for Severe Storms

U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today urged President Biden to promptly grant Gov. Kristi Noem's (R-S.D.) request for federal disaster assistance in portions of South Dakota. The request follows the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that devastated communities across eastern South Dakota on May 12, 2022. "Widespread impacts resulted from this storm system, including uprooted or snapped trees, significant prop… Continue Reading


Rounds, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Close Illegal Immigrant “Catch and Release” Loophole

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) have introduced the Keep Our Communities Safe Act. This legislation closes the legal loophole that requires immigration authorities to release illegal aliens back into the United States when they have not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being detained for six months, a practice also referred to as "catch and release." "The failed policies of the Biden administration and the 'catch and release' loopho… Continue Reading


Rounds, Shaheen Bill to Support National World War II Memorial Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - Recently, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to support the National World War II Memorial. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives. The Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from coin sales will go toward much-needed repairs and maintenance to the… Continue Reading


Rounds Seeking Fall 2022 Internship Applications

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) is currently accepting applications from college students to serve as interns during the fall semester. Positions are available in his Washington, D.C. office and his state offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls. Fall internships typically run from August to December, but dates can be tailored to specific schedules. Interns will receive a stipend, and the office works closely with all the universities to meet the criteria necessary … Continue Reading


Rounds, Thune Defend Pro-Life Protections, Vow to Block Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) joined 46 of their colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledging to block any bill that would undermine pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion. Last year, Rounds and Thune introduced legislation that would make the Hyde Amendment permanent. "We write to express our unwavering support for the Hyde Amendment and all othe… Continue Reading


Rounds and Manchin Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate the VA AIR Commission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reintroduced the Elimination of the VA Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission Act, which would eliminate the commission that is tasked with finding facilities that should be consolidated or realigned. "The VA MISSION Act and its BRAC-style process called the AIR Commission were bad public policy when I voted against them in 2018, and they have not improved with age," said Rounds. "This legislation threate… Continue Reading


Rounds, Warren Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Directing FTC to Investigate Anticompetitive Practices and Allegations of Antitrust Law Violations in Beef Packing Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bipartisan joint resolution that would direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report to Congress within one year on the extent of anticompetitive practices and violations of antitrust law in the beef packing industry, including price-fixing, anticompetitive acquisitions, dominance of supply chains and monopolization. "For the past two years, I have been calling on the Department of Justice to inve… Continue Reading


Rounds, Smith Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation Expanding Mental Health Services in Rural America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan group of senators in reintroducing legislation to expand telemental health services in rural areas. The Home-Based Telemental Health Care Act would establish a grant program for health providers to expand telemental health services for those specifically in rural populations working in farming, forestry and fishing industries. Additional cosponsors include Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ar… Continue Reading


Rounds Delivers Opening Remarks at Cybersecurity Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, delivered opening remarks today at a subcommittee hearing on AI applications to operations in cyberspace. Video of the remarks is available here. Rounds' remarks, as prepared for delivery: I would like to thank our witnesses for appearing at our hearing today. The topic of today's hearing is one that is of particular interest to me. Over the last few years, this subcomm… Continue Reading


Rounds Issues Statement on Leaked Supreme Court Draft Decision

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after the leak of a draft decision authored by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: "Our Framers intended for the Supreme Court to be an independent judiciary, separate and distinct from the executive and legislative branches. The information being reported on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case was wrongfully leaked from the Court. The Court should investiga… Continue Reading

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