Mike Rounds

The Senate’s Key Health Care Players
Hatch, Alexander sure to play big roles in debate

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, as chairman of the Finance Committee, would have significant influence over the fate of the GOP health care bill in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Competing interests among Senate Republicans could significantly complicate efforts to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. But despite the influence individual members will have, two have enhanced sway among their colleagues: Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

While leadership is expected to have a heavy hand in the process, the two senior lawmakers, as chairmen of the committees of jurisdiction, will be instrumental in driving support for any measure the chamber considers. Jockeying between the two panels over authority, however, could be a detriment to any serious attempts at an overhaul of the U.S. health care system.

Former U.S. Rep., Almost-Marlboro Man Clint Roberts Dies at 82
Rancher represented South Dakota in Congress from 1981 to 1983

Former U.S. Rep. Clint Roberts campaigned for Sen. Mike Rounds in his 2014 campaign. (Rounds for Governor)

Clint Roberts, a former Republican U.S representative from South Dakota, died Sunday at the age of 82.

Roberts served in his role as a congressman for South Dakota’s 2nd Congressional District from 1981 to 1983.

Warren Blocked From Speaking During Sessions Confirmation Debate
Republicans say Massachusetts Democrat impugned AG nominee

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was directed to not speak for the remainder of the debate on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:22 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and liberal firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren clashed on the chamber floor Tuesday evening, with the Kentucky Republican moving for the Massachusetts Democrat to take her seat.

Senators voted along party lines, 49-43, to uphold a ruling of the chair, blocking Warren from speaking for the remainder of the debate on confirmation of fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Word on the Hill: Orientation Returns
A few events to attend this evening

Maryland Rep.-elect Anthony Brown arrives at the Capitol Hill Hotel for orientation on Nov. 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Newly elected House members are back in Washington for their second week of orientation.

Their only official event of the day, from 1 to 5 p.m., is another round of briefings in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium.

Word on the Hill: Showing Some Love at the White House
Veterans Day and Movember

Washingtonians are taking the White House on Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Veterans Day!

There’s a candlelight vigil at the White House on Saturday to show some love.

Word on the Hill: Trump Coma
Four House Democrats celebrate birthdays

“The only thing worse than Trump being elected is you being conscious after he’s elected,” businessman Mark Cuban jokes in a new Funny or Die video.

In the video, the billionaire Hillary Clinton supporter invents the satirical “Trump coma” as a solution “if the thought of living through a Trump presidency sounds like a hideous nightmare to you.”

Senators Return to D.C. for Brief Sessions
Brief pro forma sessions block prospect of Obama recess appointments.

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is among the Republicans who gaveled in a brief session this summer recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito opened a Senate session that lasted just 30 seconds.

The West Virginia Republican is one of several GOP senators who have returned to the nation's capital during the summer to gavel the chamber in and out — essentially a procedural gambit to block President Barack Obama from making any appointments while the Senate is out of town.

Take Five: Sen. Mike Rounds
South Dakota Republican messed up pheasant season for his dad

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds, left, hunts with chief of staff Rob Skjonsberg, his grandson, Micah, and Skjonsberg's sons, Spencer and Sam. (Courtesy Sen. Mike Rounds)

In this week’s Take Five, South Dakota Republican Sen. Mike Rounds talks about his pilot license, big family and Lee Greenwood.  

Q: Are you still able to fly?  

Larry Pressler’s Independent Streak
Former pol intent on creating viable third party

Former South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler poses for a picture in his home office in Washington, D.C. (Warren Rojas/Roll Call)

Onetime Republican lawmaker Larry Pressler attempted to shake up the establishment in 2014, plotting a return to Capitol Hill nearly 20 years after leaving office.  

Only this time, he decided to try his luck as an independent candidate.