Press Releases


Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Increase Affordable Housing for Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to introduce bipartisan legislation that would provide affordable housing opportunities for volunteer firefighters and first responders in order to help recruit and retain more volunteers, particularly in rural and under-served communities. The Volunteer First Responder Housing Act would expand eligibility for qualified volunteer first resp… Continue Reading


Update on Jean Rounds

ROCHESTER, MINN. - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and his wife, Jean, today provided the following update on Jean's cancer treatment: This week, Mike and Jean traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after Jean experienced pain in her right leg. Doctors found a hematoma at the site of her surgical incision. It was determined that this was causing pressure on her sciatic nerve. It was likely caused by blood thinners she was taking following November's successful surgery to remove the rem… Continue Reading


Upholding the Renewable Fuel Standard

While working as governor and now as your United States Senator, I've fought for South Dakota's corn and corn ethanol producers to make certain they're getting a fair deal under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). For over a decade, the RFS has provided the statutory certainty necessary for the corn industry to grow and prosper in the United States. As a result, corn ethanol has become a vital component of our nation's fuel supply. Many consumers now seek out ethanol blends when they're at the ga… Continue Reading


Rounds Votes No on CR

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after voting "no" on the Continuing Resolution (CR), which funds government operations through December 20, 2019. "Even with an additional two months to work on appropriations bills, Congress has failed again to get its work done - or even show signs of progress. CRs are no way to run a country. They're wasteful, ineffective, destabilize government programs and could end up hurting South Dakota families. And, they j… Continue Reading


Rounds, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Monarch and Pollinator Highways

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) to introduce new, bipartisan legislation to help states create pollinator-friendly habitats along roads and highways. This legislation would help address the steep decline of pollinator populations, which poses a serious threat to American farmers and the American food supply. "Bees play a vital role in making sure food gets on our table, acting as pollina… Continue Reading


Rounds and Thune Join Colleagues to Call on EPA to Provide Clarity on Biogenic Carbon Emissions

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined a number of their colleagues to send a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting clarity on the regulatory treatment of biogenic carbon emissions produced from feedstocks such as corn and soybeans. This clarity will remove an obstacle to investment in rural America. "Rural communities in our states see the economic and environmental potential that a growing U.S. bio… Continue Reading


With Funding Deadline Approaching, Senators Rounds, King Lead Effort to Support Seasonal Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine) led a bipartisan group of 30 colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to provide H-2B visa cap relief for seasonal employers in any funding agreement. In the letter, the senators stress that there are not enough U.S. workers qualified and available to meet the seasonal demand for employment - and that these seasonal positions support the jobs of thousands of American citizens. "The shortage of U.S. work… Continue Reading


Rounds’ RESPECT Act Passes Senate With Unanimous Support

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) made the following statement after legislation he introduced, the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act, passed the Senate unanimously: "My colleagues in the Senate took a great first step toward righting the wrongs that have been done to Native Americans throughout our history," said Rounds. "Our RESPECT Act will repeal a number of immoral, racist federal laws related to the treatment of Native … Continue Reading


Delegation Applauds Administration’s Decision to Grant Disaster Declaration For Southeast South Dakota Following September Flooding and Tornadoes

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 applauded the Trump administration for approving a major disaster declaration for several South Dakota counties, including Aurora, Brookings, Brule, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Sanborn, Turner, Union, and Yankton, and the Yankton Indian Reservation and Flandreau Santee Indian Reservation followin… Continue Reading


Midwest Senators Renew RFS Recommendations to President Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today renewed their recommendations to President Trump with respect to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) supplemental rule. The letter, which enclosed their initial comments to EPA, urges the administration to take corrective action in its RFS rulemaking to uphold the agreement reached betwee… Continue Reading


Rounds, Jones Propose Wounded Warriors Fellowship in the Senate

PIERRE - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) have introduced a resolution to establish a fellowship for wounded American veterans to hold two-year fellowships in the United States Senate. The program, called the McCain-Mansfield Fellowship, would offer each Senate office a fellowship, which would each last two years. The positions could be in a senator's state or Washington, D.C., office. "America's veterans have gained valuable insight and expertise throughout their service… Continue Reading


Rounds: During Meeting at White House Today, President Trump Re-Confirms his Commitment to Blending 15 Billion Gallons of Ethanol Annually

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined President Trump and a number of his Senate colleagues for lunch at the White House. During the meeting, President Trump re-confirmed his commitment to assuring 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol is blended into our nation's fuel supply annually. Following a Sept. 12, 2019, meeting at the White House with Rounds and others, Trump requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revise its practice to guarantee that any … Continue Reading


Rounds Makes Good on ‘Dakota Marker’ Game Wager, Brings SDSU Dairy Bar Ice Cream to Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds made good on his friendly wager with North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) on the October 26, 2019, 'Dakota Marker' football game between South Dakota State University (SDSU) and North Dakota State University (NDSU). The senators bet ice cream from their respective states, SDSU Dairy Bar ice cream and Cass Clay Creamery ice cream from North Dakota. SDSU lost to NDSU 16-23. Today, Rounds hosted an ice cream social for Senator Cramer and his st… Continue Reading


Rounds Submits Letter to EPA on RFS Supplemental Rule


With Delegation Support, Brookings Receives Critical Infrastructure Grant

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 applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) decision to award the City of Brookings $18.7 million in critical infrastructure funding under the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. Today's announcement follows requests from the delegation to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao for the project's funding. "Thanks to Secretary Chao for her commitmen… Continue Reading


Rounds Receives U.S. Chamber of Commerce ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) was awarded the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 'Spirit of Enterprise' Award for his support of pro-growth economic policies during the second session of the 115th Congress. Rounds was one of only 16 members of Congress who received a 100 percent score. "I'm honored to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the Chamber of Commerce," said Rounds. "South Dakota is a great place to start and grow a business. With low taxes and limited red tape, our state p… Continue Reading


Rounds Joins Colleagues to Introduce Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined a number of his colleagues in introducing the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act, which would prohibit abortion based on an unborn child having Down syndrome. "Life is a precious gift from God that should be treated with respect and dignity, from the very beginning to the very end," said Rounds. "Unborn children have a right to life, regardless of a Down Syndrome diagnosis, which is why I'm pleased to join Sen. Inhofe t… Continue Reading


Delegation Urges Administration to Quickly Approve South Dakota Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to President Trump in support of Gov. Kristi Noem's (R-S.D.) request for a major disaster declaration for the state of South Dakota as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began on September 9, 2019. The delegation has strongly supported South Dakota's previous disaster requests, including those from late-winter storms that caused significant damage to … Continue Reading


Rounds, Thune Push to Keep Foreign Beef from Receiving “Product of the U.S.A.” Label

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today took steps to keep beef born, raised and slaughtered in foreign countries from receiving a "Product of the U.S.A." label. The U.S. Beef Integrity Act would make certain that the "Product of the U.S.A." label only goes to beef and beef products exclusively derived from one or more animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States. Currently, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) does not require tha… Continue Reading


Rounds, Smith Lead Bipartisan Effort to Improve Native American Lending Services at HUD, Help More Native Families Become Homeowners

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today introduced the Native American Housing Affordability Act of 2019. The bipartisan legislation reforms the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program, which provides mortgage loans to Native Americans and Alaska Natives, by speeding up the loan processing time. Additional original cosponsors include U.S. Sens. Joh… Continue Reading

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