Senator Mike Rounds

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In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 1

As America broils in campaign rhetoric, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds has yet to announce his intentions to seek reelection. That's not necessarily significant, but some voters are wondering if the health of Rounds' wife Jean is (or should be) part of the conversation.

SDPB blogger Kevin Woster writes about Jean Rounds On the Other Hand.


In The Moment ... October 16, 2019 Show 680 Hour 2

Over the last several days, we've seen the drama play out within the Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office. What is the responsibility of a public servant to maintain transparency?

Plus, a new batch of FEC reports shows Senator Mike Rounds is not raising as much money as other 2020 U.S. Senate incumbents.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Jonathan Ellis visit about these topics and more.

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019

Representative Jean Hunhoff discusses the mental health task force she chairs. State Representative Nancy Rasmussen explains the Special Education Interim Study Committee. Representative Lee Qualm and Representative Oren Lesmeister talk industrial hemp. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum’s announcement to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Political Junky Jon Hunter discuss this week in South Dakota politics. 


In The Moment ... July 3, 2019 Show 609 Hour 2

Scyller Borglum will challenge Senator Mike Rounds next summer and a petition drive for a referendum on House Bill 1094 has failed.

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter joins Lori Walsh for In The Moment's weekly Dakota Political Junkies segment. 

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 2

Freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum has announced a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. The Republican will challenge current Senator and former governor Mike Rounds, who is up for re-election.

After a few months of the rumor mill turning, Borglum made it official in Rapid City Monday morning.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins In The Moment with more.

Borglum To Challenge Sen. Rounds In 2020 Primary

Jul 1, 2019
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Freshman state legislator Republican Scyller Borglum will challenge US Senator Mike Rounds for his seat in 2020.

During a campaign announcement in Rapid City on Monday, Borglum says Rounds has failed to bring South Dakota conservative values to Washington DC.

State Representative Borglum says she’s been travelling across the state working on a rural education legislative package. In the process, she says she’s also heard multiple people say more women and younger people need to get involved in politics.

Sen Rounds Announces Wife To Start Cancer Treatment

Jun 18, 2019
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US Senator Mike Rounds says his wife Jean is starting cancer treatment.

In a written statement, Rounds says after numerous tests over the last several weeks, Jean was diagnosed with a malignant high-grade aggressive tumor near her sciatic nerve.

Rounds says after consulting with doctors in South Dakota, they’ll begin her treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Specific treatment is currently unknown.

Thune, Johnson Want Full Mueller Report Released

Apr 5, 2019


All three members of South Dakota’s delegation to congress say the Mueller report should be made public.

Last week, Senator Mike Rounds says he wants as much of the report released as possible. The others agree.

US Attorney General William Barr released a summary of the Mueller report findings late last month. The Mueller reports is nearly 400 pages long, but so far, the American public has gotten a four page summary from the attorney general.


In The Moment ... February 27, 2019 Show 524 Hour 2

Representative Dusty Johnson votes with House Democrats to block President Trump's emergency declaration. South Dakota's U.S. Senators vote on a Abortion Survivors Bill. Plus, the latest from the state legislature.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Roger Whittle join In The Moment.

  Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds is downplaying a recent report from the New York Times that alleges President Donald Trump received an equivalent today of more than $400 million from his dad’s real estate empire in the 90’s.

The Times reports much of that cash came through dubious tax schemes.

The Republican senator says congress would need evidence of wrongdoing before looking into Trump’s previous dealings.

Rounds, Thune Vote To Advance Nominee Kavanaugh

Oct 5, 2018

Senator Mike Rounds is echoing his Republican colleagues by calling the treatment of Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh a “search and destroy” mission by Democrats and special interest groups.

Kavanaugh is accused by three women of sexual assault in high school and college. His drinking has also come into question.

The South Dakota Republican voted earlier Friday to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Rounds says Kavanaugh’s testimony only reinforced his decision on the nominee.

Making A Living

Aug 28, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... August 28, 2018 Show 410 Hour 2

South Dakota Public Broadcasting brings you a new look at Making a Living in South Dakota.

Host Jackie Severin joined In The Moment in the SDPB Sioux Falls studio with an overview of the past show.

Panel guests included U.S. Senator Mike Rounds, SDSU Economics professor Dr. Evert Van der Sluis, Farmer & Member of the American Soy Bean Association Board of Director Brandon Wipf and Farmer & former Vice-President of the SD Farmers Union Larry Birgen.

South Dakota’s congressional delegation are supporting President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The president announced Tuesday the US would reinstate sanctions that were lifted under the deal.

Representative Kristi Noem is praising the president’s decision. She says the Obama-era deal was poorly negotiated and failed to permanently stop Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities. She says the country should have walked away from the agreement from the start. She says she’s proud the president was “bold enough to do so.”

Rounds 'Puzzled' By President's Trade Negotiating Style

Apr 12, 2018
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US Senator Mike Rounds says he’s pleased President Donald Trump is reconsidering the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Rounds and other South Dakota Senator John Thune say they’re concerned by the president’s trade war with China.

He says that partnership is a good counter to proposed tariffs by the Chinese government.

The president abandoned TPP talks shortly after taking office.

Rounds says he wants the president to sign the TPP the way it was written in the first place.

Rounds Votes To Ease Dodd-Frank Regulations

Mar 15, 2018
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Ten years after global investment bank Bear Stearns’ near collapse, which kick started the Great Recession, the United States Senate is easing financial regulations meant to prevent a future one.

South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says those regulations, the Dodd-Frank Act are burdensome to community banks. He voted in favor of the bill.

US Senator Mike Rounds says the one-size-fits-all approach of the Dodd-Frank Act impacts community banks in South Dakota. He says because of that smaller banks must deal with “onerous” paperwork that larger banks comply with.

In The Moment ... February 8, 2018 Show 273 Hour 1

Senator Rounds serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on readiness. He joins us  from Washington to discuss the bipartisan compromise to increase military and domestic spending.

Rounds: 'Stabilize ACA As Part Of Transition From ACA'

Oct 20, 2017

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds is one of 24 cosponsors of a bill designed to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

The bill is known as the Alexander/Murray legislation. The current proposal reinstates Cost-Sharing Reduction payments to insurance companies for the next two years. President Trump announced last week that the Administration would stop making the monthly installments.

Rounds says Congress has to stabilize Obamacare, while transitioning away from it.

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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.

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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.

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.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

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.