Rounds Holds First Town Hall In Rapid City Since New Congress

May 19, 2017

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On Friday Senator Mike Rounds held his first town hall in Rapid City since the one hundred and fifteenth Congress convened the beginning of this year.
 
Many West River groups have been vying for town halls with the congressional delegation.
 
Senator Rounds held the town hall along with a visit by Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.
 
Rounds says there’s quite a bit more activity going on in Washington D.C. than in previous years…
 
“We’re actually working again in Washington D.C.,” Rounds says. “So, the number of days that we actually have to be back in the state and moving around is a little more limited than what it was in the past. A couple years ago, as Senator Thune shares with me, there was a time there where the Senate only voted on the floor 15 times in an entire year. That gave them a change to be back home a little bit more. Right now we’re literally voting Monday through Thursday, then we try to get back into the state for Friday and Saturday and then we’re back rolling again first part of the week.”
 
During the town hall Senator Rounds discussed current investigations in to the Trump administration, changing the Affordable Care Act, and student loan programs.
 
About 200 people attended the Senator Rounds town hall at Western Dakota Tech. The hall lasted for about an hour and a half.

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