Rapid City, (KEVN-TV) It's an issue that's been around for awhile, trying to encourage the President to make a decision one way or the other.
The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline continues to get one step closer to full approval, and former Governor Mike Rounds continues to support what was the center of his campaign.
The first piece of legislation Rounds' is backing is a key measure for the GOP that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was central to his campaign in South Dakota.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged his colleagues to support the proposal from the Senate floor shortly after the inaugural ceremonies were completed just last week.
Rounds' says more and more supporters are expected to join the now 63.
U.S. Senator–Elect, Mike Rounds said, "The Republican leader has said we want open debate, we want to have honest discussion on these issues and we're going to start with up to 30 hours of discussion and debate and then we'll vote. I believe the Keystone XL pipeline bill will move forward, I think right now there's about 63 supporters right now that we know of, but there may be an amendment which might bring other supporters on as well."
Rounds continued to say Republicans stepping into office right now, know that they have a mandate to get things done as well as to show results to make a difference in the country.