Press Releases

01.19.18

Rounds Statement on CR Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement on his decision to vote for the current Continuing Resolution (CR): "Since coming to the Senate, I've expressed my frustration with our broken budget system, which hasn't worked in 40 of the last 44 years that the current budget process has been in place. Continuing Resolutions are ineffective and destabilize government programs. I am particularly concerned about the … Continue Reading


01.18.18

Rounds Statement on Meeting With DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss ongoing border security and immigration reform efforts. "Secretary Nielsen and I had a great discussion about our shared goals of increasing border security, permanently fixing DACA, strengthening e-verify and - most importantly for South Dakota - increasing the cap on the number of H2B visas allotted annually so our seasonal construction and tourism industries… Continue Reading


01.18.18

After Decades of Waiting, World War II Veteran to Receive Purple Heart

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs and Senate Armed Services Committees, today announced that Sylvan Vigness of Flandreau, S.D., will receive the Purple Heart Medal for his service in World War II. Vigness and his family have been seeking to obtain the Purple Heart for two decades, but were denied every time. "It is an honor to help Mr. Vigness obtain his Purple Heart Medal, especially knowing how many years he and his family spent seeking to ob… Continue Reading


01.18.18

ICYMI: Rounds: Continuing Resolutions Hurt Military Readiness, Lead to Uncertainty

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined his colleague Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) on CNN to discuss their concerns with short-term continuing resolutions (CR) to fund the government. This week, Congress is considering another CR, the fourth in four months. "It has been 44 years since we actually had a budget act that was workable, "said Rounds in the interview. "In the last 44 years, only three cases have we actually gotten this budget and appropriations process done on time. T… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Reminder: Last Week for South Dakota Truckers, Stakeholders to Offer Comments on ELD Rules

WASHINGTON-South Dakota truckers and other citizens who may be negatively affected by Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rules have until Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, to voice their concerns via public comment period. Late last year, the Department of Transportation (DoT) announced a 90-day delay of its ELD rules for live load truckers, which were originally scheduled to take effect Dec. 18, 2017. DoT is accepting public comments regarding agricultural commodities HERE through Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. … Continue Reading


01.12.18

Rounds Statement on Section 199A of Tax Code

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement regarding ongoing efforts to address concerns related to Section 199A of the tax code: "The inclusion of Section 199A in the tax law was always to maintain the status quo for the agricultural sector. It has come to our attention that some producers are concerned that the law, as written in the new tax code, gives an unfair advantage to cooperatives over independent operators. This was never the intent and I am pleased … Continue Reading


01.11.18

Delegation Introduces Bill to Transfer Federal Land to Custer County, South Dakota

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today introduced Senate and House companion versions of the Custer County Airport Conveyance Act, legislation that would transfer approximately 66 acres of Black Hills National Forest System land to Custer County, South Dakota. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has agreed to sell this land to the Custer County Airport, giving it full ownership of all acres that the airport occupies. A portion of … Continue Reading


01.11.18

Rounds Statement on VA Rule Change to Begin Reimbursing Veterans for Emergency Care

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today made a statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has revised its regulations related to payment or reimbursement to veterans who have had to seek emergency care at a non-VA facility. "After seven years of an improper rule being on the books and thousands of veterans being denied reimbursement by the VA, this announcement is a significant step in the right direction,… Continue Reading


01.04.18

Rounds Accepting Summer 2018 Internship Applications

PIERRE- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he is currently accepting internship applications for summer 2018. The deadline to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls offices is Feb. 15, 2018. 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 ma… Continue Reading


12.22.17

Bill to Double Size of Black Hills Veterans Cemetery Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) issued the following statements after the Senate passed their bill, the Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (S. 35), legislation that would facilitate a permanent land transfer of approximately 200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery outside of Sturgis, South Dakota. A companion version, which was introduced by U.S. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), passed… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Rounds Statement on CFPB Decision to Delay HMDA Enforcement

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, today issued the following statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) announcement to delay enforcement of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act: "As the Senate sponsor of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act, I am keenly aware of the burden that HMDA data reporting requirements pose for small banks and credit unions in South Dakota. Today's decision to delay penalties for the collection o… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Rounds Statement on Passage of Tax Reform Conference Report

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the tax reform conference committee report: "Our tax relief bill will create a healthy, more vibrant economy that we can pass onto our kids and grandkids," said Rounds. "This legislation puts American businesses back on a level playing field with the rest of the world so we can once again be globally competitive. Businesses will be incentivized to remain here in the United States, which w… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Rounds Encourages South Dakota Truckers, Stakeholders to Offer Comments on ELD Rules

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today encouraged South Dakota truckers and other citizens who may be negatively affected by Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rules to voice their concerns. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced a 90-day delay of its ELD rules for live load truckers, which were originally scheduled to take effect Dec. 18. DoT is now is accepting public comments regarding agricultural commodities HERE until Jan. 19, 2018. "The ELD rules could have signifi… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Rounds Statement on NDAA Being Signed into Law

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued a statement after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 into law. The NDAA includes 8 provisions authored by Rounds. "The NDAA is one of the most important pieces of legislation that we pass each year," said Rounds. "It authorizes funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) so our armed forces are able to successfully carry out their mis… Continue Reading


12.08.17

Rounds Opposes Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement after voting no on the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through December 22, 2017: "The federal government's budget process hasn't worked in more than four decades. I have been a vocal critic of the current system, which largely rubber-stamps federal spending with very little debate or discussion. This year, working within this broken system, we gave negotiators extra time to work out a compromise on sp… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Rounds Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Letter Urging Extension of Secure Rural School Program

WASHINGTON.- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined a bipartisan group of 32 senators in sending a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), urging them to include a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program in any end-of-year legislation. SRS supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and many other essential county services for more than 775 counties across the country. "The SRS progra… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Rounds Delivers Opening Statement at EPW Subcommittee Hearing on Natural Disaster Clean Ups

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 delivered his opening statement at a hearing entitled "Challenges Facing Superfund and Waste Cleanup Efforts Following Natural Disasters." "Today this subcommittee will conduct a review of the response, remediation and recovery challenges faced by states and public officials tasked with securing superfund sites and ma… Continue Reading


12.04.17

Rounds Announces Nominations to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today announced that he has nominated 23 South Dakota students to our nation's service academies for the 2018-2019 school year. "It is an honor to nominate South Dakota's best and brightest students to our nation's service academies each year," said Rounds. "This year, I was fortunate to receive nomination applications from an outstanding group of students. Each of the students I nominated possesses the leadership qualities and academic excellence to… Continue Reading


12.01.17

Rounds Statement on Senate Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act overhauls our tax code in a manner that will allow businesses to flourish again and families to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. It will provide more jobs, bigger paychecks and a fairer tax system, especially to lower- and middle-income Americans who haven't seen a pay raise in nearly a decade. Additionally, businesses will have the st… Continue Reading


11.30.17

Rounds' RESPECT Act Passes Senate

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on the Senate's unanimous passage of his Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act. "Passing the RESPECT Act out of the Senate is the first step toward getting it signed into law," said Rounds. "Our legislation will eliminate a number of outdated, offensive laws against Native American citizens in the United States that are still on the books today. Though we can't rewr… Continue Reading

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