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Sen. Rounds on UAPDA: "not a whole lot of anything there"
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Sen. Rounds on UAPDA: "not a whole lot of anything there"

Ep. 248 — Sen. Mike Rounds (6-13 & 6-20-2024)
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Sen. Mike Rounds speaks to reporters in the US Capitol. Photo: Matt Laslo

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Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) — Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

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*1st interview was on 6-13-2024 & 2nd took place on 6-20-2024

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Interview I: Ask a Pol asks

Have you talked to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about the UAP hearing she’s planning with AARO?

Rounds replies:

“I haven’t not recently,” Rounds tells Ask a Pol.

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Interview II: Ask a Pol asks

Any update on the UAPDA Amendment?

Key Rounds: 

“No, not a whole lot of anything there, just simply continuing to move forward and we’ll see where it goes,” Sen. Rounds exclusively tells Ask a Pol

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Caught our ear:

“You know, bottom line is nobody is trying to release information on classified programs that would help our adversaries,” Rounds tells us. “But, I think more openness in terms of what we can talk about can help clarify that maybe there is nothing to be afraid of out there.”

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), slightly edited for clarity.

TRANSCRIPT II: Sen. Mike Rounds

SCENE: Sen. Rounds is walking through the basement of the Capitol when Ask a Pol briefly catches up with him before he hops a tram back to his office.

Matt Laslo: “Hey how you doing, sir? Any update on the tweaks in your UAPDA amendment with [Sen. Chuck] Schumer?”

Mike Rounds: “No, not a whole lot of anything there, just simply continuing to move forward and we’ll see where it goes.”

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ML: “Because that wasn’t really debated at all. That issue, in the House NDAA this year. Do you think there’s an appetite for it over here?” 

MR: “I think we just got to clarify what our goals on it are, and I think we can work through them. You know, bottom line is nobody is trying to release information on classified programs that would help our adversaries.” 

ML: “Yeah?”

MR: “And — it's not — that’s not our goal.” 

ML: “Yeah?”

MR: “But, I think more openness in terms of what we can talk about can help clarify that maybe there is nothing to be afraid of out there.”

ML: “Yeah, I’ll be watching. Nice.”

MR: “Alright.”

ML: “Have a good one.”

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