Daines Delivers Big Wins for Montana Servicemembers, National Security

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines voted to pass several major Montana priorities in the bipartisan “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA) including the repeal of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for servicemembers, a pay raise for troops and critical support for Malmstrom Air Force Base. 

“This year’s bipartisan defense package ends Biden’s overreaching vaccine mandate for Montana servicemembers, includes a well-deserved pay raise for our military, protects women from the draft, and strengthens our nuclear triad to ensure America’s military remains the best and most intimidating in the world. This legislation contains a lot of big wins for Montanans who wear the uniform and bolsters our national security. I’m glad to support it,” Daines said. 

Download a video statement HERE.

Montana Wins in the NDAA:

  • Ending the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for servicemembers
  •  Protecting women from the military draft 
  • Giving military servicemembers a 4.6% pay raise
  • Adjusting the basic allowance for housing (BAH) in high-cost areas to combat the housing shortage for servicemembers
  • Strengthening our national security through establishing a directorate within the Air Force Global Strike Command called the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Task Force to manage the transition and activation of the new LGM-35A Sentinel ICBM weapon system at Malmstrom
  • Bolstering watercraft inspections to control invasive species such as zebra mussels
  • Expediting hydropower development on Army Corps of Engineers dams


Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen