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As healthcare reform talks are stymied in Congress, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about future funding from a controversial portion of the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump says he may pull Cost Sharing Reduction payments. But one of South Dakota’s Senators says that might not be a good idea right now.

Cost Sharing Reduction payments, or CSR’s, are federal monies that help low income Americans afford healthcare on the exchange marketplace.

In The Moment ... July 27, 2017 Show 143 Hour 2

Senator John Thune told the Washington Post that Republicans are "edging closer and closer" to getting 50 votes for a bare-bones plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As debate continues in the Senate, today we hear from Senator Mike Rounds. We spoke with Senator Rounds yesterday afternoon, when he previewed the procedural challenges of the current debate and laid out his predictions for today.

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South Dakota’s congressional delegation is still intent to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Healthcare leaders in South Dakota say congressional legislative proposals could hurt the state.

Barb Storbeck helps people enroll for health insurance through the exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act.

She says many of her clients were getting health insurance for the first time.

Rounds: Senate GOP Still Working To Overhaul ACA

Jul 20, 2017
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Following a lengthy meeting at the White House Wednesday night, South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says Senate Republicans came to a broad agreement on overhauling the Affordable Care Act.

Another revised version of the Senate’s healthcare bill was released Thursday morning.

Rounds says debate on a revised Senate bill should come next week.

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South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says the revised Senate healthcare overhaul bill is a step in the right direction.
 
The revision was released Thursday morning.
 
Rounds says the bill should lower the cost of healthcare while continuing to provide access for those who need it.
 

SDAHO 'Deeply Concerned' With Healthcare Overhaul

Jun 29, 2017
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US Senator Mike Rounds says Congress hopes to have a healthcare overhaul bill signed by the president in September.
 
Rounds says that’s enough time to establish new rules as the insurance marketplace opens in January.
 
But an association of South Dakota hospitals wants the state’s delegation to vote against the bill.

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In The Moment ... June 29, 2017 Show 125 Hour 1

It's time to pack your beach bag with books and get ready for a holiday weekend. As the summer reading season heats up, we catch up with Peggy Stout. She's owner of Prairie Pages Bookseller in Pierre.

Peggy’s recommendations for adults:

“Magpie Murders: A Novel” by Anthony Horowitz

“The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense” by Dean Koontz

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel” by J. Ryan Stradal

“Commonweath: A Novel” by Anne Patchett

“Lilac Girls: A Novel” by Martha Hall Kelly

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South Dakota’s United States Senators say their health care plan is better than the Affordable Care Act. Thursday Senate Republicans released a draft of the highly-anticipated health care overhaul bill.

US Senator Mike Rounds says the Better Care Reconciliation Act is more moderate than the US House health care overhaul bill. He says it's a draft until the congressional budget office scores the bill.

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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…
 

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South Dakota could face a shortage of temporary help during the tourism season.

Last week, the department of homeland security announced that H-2B visas had run out.

Each fiscal year, 33,000 visas are granted for temporary immigrant workers who perform seasonal work.

US Senator Mike Rounds says running out of the visas impacts South Dakota because of the state’s low unemployment rate…

Rounds Says Cuts To USDA May Not Be Final

Mar 16, 2017
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US Senator Mike Rounds says a proposed 20 percent cut to the United State Department of Agriculture is manageable.

Rounds says the 20 percent cut may not be the final number.

South Dakota’s three members of congress say they support President Donald Trump’s temporarily suspend refugees from entering the country.
 
They say safety and a better vetting process are cause for the ban…
 
Congresswoman Kristi Noem says her first priority is the security of the American people. She says she’s concerned about the screening process for refugees, especially, she says, from terrorist hotbed areas.
 
Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds echo concerns about the vetting process.
 

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U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says repealing the Affordable Care Act is lawmakers’ first priority this session of Congress.

He says Republicans are using a technical process to eliminate some funding with 51 Senate votes… instead of the usual 60 needed.

Rounds says less regulation gives people more options than the Affordable Care Act.  

Thune And Rounds Outline Upcoming Congressional Session

Nov 17, 2016

South Dakota’s congressional leadership is back in Washington D.C. following a recess during the campaign season.

Earlier this week Senator John Thune was re-elected as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.  This puts Thune in the top three of the Republican leadership.

Thune says the GOP has a chance to deliver on Republican promises of economic and national security.

Thune says many concerns expressed by state residents sync up with what the new congress and President-elect Donald Trump want to accomplish.

Rounds Discusses EPA And Land Rights in Rapid City

Aug 31, 2016
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U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says he’s concerned about private property rights when it comes to EPA regulations. He says he specifically sees issues with regulations in the Waters of the United States rule and the Endangered Species Act.
 
That statement came during a subcommittee hearing in Rapid City on Tuesday. A local scientists says those regulations exists to control what enters waterways and to create a level playing field.

SD Congressional Leaders Call For IHS Audit

Jul 7, 2016

South Dakota’s representatives in Congress say an audit of Indian Health Service operations would lead to solutions for improving care for Native people.

Officials say one of the focuses of an audit would be the formula for how IHS funds different regions.

The Indian Health Service employs roughly 15,000 people.  U-S Senator Mike Rounds, says out of those only 750 are doctors who actually see patients.  

Congress Debating Defense Spending

Jun 12, 2016

Congress is working on the National Defense Authorization Act. It passed the U.S. House and is currently before the Senate. Not everyone agrees on what the measure should look like.

Sen. Rounds: We Must Pay Attention To IHS Issues

Jun 9, 2016

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says officials in his office are working on an in depth analysis of the Indian Health Service. He’s a co-sponsor of legislation addressing IHS issues in the Great Plains area, including employer recruitment and retention and accountability. Rounds says it’s critical that Tribes are included in the decision making process.  

Rounds Proposes Cyber War Act

May 25, 2016

Federal officials warn that cyber-attacks are becoming greater threats to American security. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds is sponsoring an act that defines cyber war.  Proponents say it helps America defend itself, some opponents say there is no one size fits all strategy for war.

Dakota Midday: Sen. Rounds Proposes Cyber Security

May 23, 2016

US Senator Mike Rounds joins Dakota Midday for an extended conversation about his Cyber Act of War Act of 2016. The bill is designed to require the current administration to define a cyber act of war. Senator Rounds talks about the nation's vulnerability to cyber-attack and why he believes the time is overdue to give the US armed forces the authorization and ability to defend against cyber-attack.

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A new rule from the U-S Department of Labor changes the responsibilities of certain financial advisors. Some people including US Senator Mike Rounds say the law puts a greater burden on Americans and limits available advice. Others say everyday investors likely won’t see much of a difference.

Fiduciaries are people charged with putting someone else’s interests ahead of their own. That means financial fiduciaries must recommend money moves in clients’ best interests.

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A Friday deadline for a federal funding bill is likely moving to next week. Members of the US Senate approved a late-night Wednesday deadline to give negotiators extra time. House lawmakers will likely vote on the extension Friday.

One South Dakota lawmaker says the quick extension makes sense. United States Senator Mike Rounds says he supports the move to give leaders a few extra days to decide what an appropriations measure includes. He says negotiators are making progress but are not sharing information.

Dakota Digest for December 4, 2015

Dec 4, 2015
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On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, Senator John Thune wants part of the Affordable Care Act repealed, and the deadline approaches for Medicare Part D. Also, a group of volunteers in Rapid City is dressing up as animated characters to help bring happiness to kids. All of this and more on this week's Dakota Digest.

Dakota Digest for October 23, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

On this week’s edition of Dakota Digest, South Dakota is set to lose its participation in the EB-5 program, and Senator Rounds won’t lobby to keep it. Also this week, Senator Thune hopes President Obama has a change of heart with the National Defense Authorization Act, and a Sioux Falls Roosevelt teacher has won a national award.

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Members of the United States Congress have less than one month to come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling. US Representatives are organizing to elect a new leader, and the process to move the debt limit higher starts in their chamber.

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he believes Congress can reach an agreement on increasing the debt ceiling by its deadline. He says men and women in the Senate acknowledge they have to raise the amount of money the federal government can borrow. 

South Dakotans in Congress are standing against the nuclear deal with Iran. Lawmakers are back in Washington, DC after a recess, and leaders are grappling with how to handle support and disapproval of the agreement.

Thursday United States Senate Democrats blocked a vote of disapproval on the Iran nuclear deal. Still Senator Mike Rounds says he does not support the compromise.

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A United States Senator from South Dakota says lawmakers have less than two weeks to figure out how to fund the federal government. September 30th is the deadline to appropriate money to government programs.

Senator Mike Rounds says he doesn’t support simply extending appropriations already in place without other changes attached. SDPB’s Kealey Bultena asks him about that position.

The US Senate is debating the Every Child Achieves Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. Senator Mike Rounds hopes an amendment to the measure helps improve the quality of education in Indian Country.

Three people who represent South Dakota in the nation’s capital are reacting to a US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Thursday six of the nine justices agreed that people are still eligible for insurance subsidies using a federal health insurance exchange. Thirty-four states do not have state-run marketplaces.

As the FCC moves forward with a controversial decision to regulate internet providers in the name of fairness, commissioners must answer to a South Dakotan. In fact all three people who represent the state in Washington D-C say they stand against the agency’s move to expand its power. Yet that doesn’t mean they have the same reason for resistance.

Three members of Congress advocate for the interests of South Dakotans in the nation’s capital, and all three condemn the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to expand its regulatory power to internet service.