US Senator Mike Rounds

President Trump is encouraging public schools to reopen in the fall after many closed during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week on Twitter he threatened removing federal funding from districts that don’t resume face-to-face instruction. Monday, one of the president’s economic advisors told FOX Business he’d consider additional funding for districts that do reopen.

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US Senator Mike Rounds says he’s read the White House provided transcript of the phone call between President Donald Trump and the President of Ukraine.

“What I read in the transcript did not amount to anything that would lead to, or should lead to an attempted impeachment,” Rounds says.

Rounds says he has not read the report that came from the whistleblower. An unclassified version of the whistleblower’s complaint was made public Thursday.

The challenger to US Senator Mike Round’s seat in 2020 says she’s not sure she would have voted for the 2017 federal tax cut.

Republic State Representative Scyller Borglum is challenging Rounds in the 2020 primary.

She says her campaign is focused on a smaller federal government and only spending what it brings in. She says that includes reducing the federal deficit.

During an interview on SDPB’s In the Moment Monday afternoon, Borglum says she’s not sure the 2017 law achieved that…

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. 

Rounds Calls For Mueller Report Release

Mar 28, 2019
Rounds for Senate

South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says the United State Attorney General should release as much of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report that he legally can…

Rounds says it’s to the benefit of the president to get as much information about the report out as possible. But he says areas of the report that fall under the grand jury will get redacted.

Rounds: Move Forward With Kavanaugh Confirmation

Jul 26, 2018

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says the senate should move forward in confirming US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, despite the upcoming midterm election.

He says this situation is different from two years ago, when then-President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland.

Senator Rounds met with the Supreme Court nominee earlier this week. He says Kavanaugh is the right man for the job. He says he expect the nominee to pass through the senate with flying colors.

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South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says he’s pleased the Trump administration is recognizing the impact of trade uncertainty.
Earlier this week, the administration announced $12 billion dollars in aid to offset tariffs.
Critics in the state are calling it another farm subsidy.

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United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

Seth Tupper is an enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal.  Roger Whittle is managing editor at the Watertown Public Opinion. On this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment, we’ll fill in the blanks on industrial hemp, the Indian Health Services debate, and who might be gearing up for a run for governor.

Dana Ferguson (Sioux Falls Argus Leader) and Seth Tupper (Rapid City Journal) discuss the competing rights and issues of the Patriot Act, reactions to Governor Daugaard's State of the State address, and what to watch for in the 2016 South Dakota legislative session. (Includes Charles Michael Ray's interview with South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds.)

The Federal Government is citing administrative issues in ending South Dakota’s participation in a foreign investment-for-green-card program, known as E-B-5.  The U-S Citizenship and Immigration Services has ruled the state’s regional center for the program is not promoting economic growth.  Officials add administrators have not submitted required information. SDPB’s Gary Ellenbolt has more.

Dakota Digest for October 9, 2015

Oct 9, 2015
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On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, former South Dakota Governor Walter Dale Miller's funeral and US Senator Mike Rounds comments on the debt ceiling lead headlines. We also take a look into a Doctor's encouraging screenings to prevent colon cancer, and a Cherokee artist is donating his work to Black Hills State University. For more weekly stories and other South Dakota Public Broadcasting programming, visit

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One of South Dakota’s US Senators says Congress is more dysfunctional than he realized. Mike Rounds started his term in January; he spent part of his time back in South Dakota Tuesday talking to members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Rounds says lawmakers must take pointed steps to make federal systems more efficient. 

United States Senator Mike Rounds has been talking about a broken Washington since he started his campaign for Congress. Less than one year since he took the oath, Rounds says the system is worse than he suspected. He says lawmaking is slow by design.

The United States Senate has failed to override the President’s veto of Keystone XL oil pipeline legislation. Wednesday afternoon, the number of lawmakers who voted to override the decision was 62. That’s not the two-thirds majority necessary for the measure to pass.

Last month President Barack Obama vetoed legislation authorizing construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, but the administration is still reviewing the pipeline proposal. Six years into consideration, United States Senators tried and failed to override the president’s veto of the nearly 1,200 miles of line.