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Daines Introduces Bill to Protect Hardworking Montanans, Small Businesses from Democrats’ Supersized IRS

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced a bill that would prevent President Biden and Senate Democrats’ supersized IRS from targeting hardworking Montanans and Montana small businesses.  “At a time when Montanans are already facing a recession and struggling with sky-high inflation, it’s unbelievable that Senate Democrats supported a bill that would supersize the IRS to go after Montana small businesses and families,” Daines said. “There is no excuse to sic Biden’s new army of IRS agents on hardworking Montanans, and I’ll fight this every step of the way.” Senate Democrats passed a disastrous, partisan

Daines Calls for Senate Hearing to Address Concerns of Montana Tribes

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called for a United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing to discuss ongoing concerns between Montana tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). “Repeatedly Montana tribes have expressed to me substantial concern that Indian Health Service is mismanaged and unresponsive. This is completely unacceptable. Reported delays in providing care, lost health care forms, and use of the wrong equipment have all stood in the way of the United States fulfilling its healthcare obligations to tribal nations. I have heard similar concerns related to bureaucratic delays, lack

Daines Receives Democracy Award from Nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines received the “Life in Congress – Workplace Environment” Democracy Award from the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). The award recognizes offices that have established both formal policies and informal cultures that enhance the work-life fit and professional development of their staffs to better serve their constituents.   “Congress is here to serve, not be served,” Daines said. “A strong workplace culture ensures we’re effective in providing Montanans with exceptional support, answers and resources—which is my top priority.”  “As a Democracy Award winner, Senator Daines’ office is clearly one of the best in Congress,” Bradford Fitch, President

Daines Slams Biden Admin for Weakening Immigration Policy, Allowing Known Terrorist Supporters to Immigrate to U.S.

U.S. SENATE — Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to the Biden administration expressing serious concern over their decision to allow individuals who provided “limited material support” to terrorist organizations to be eligible for immigration to the United States. Daines warns doing so alters U.S. immigration policy and threatens national security.  “We write because the American people deserve an explanation regarding the broad, open-ended nature of this authority for exempting individuals who would otherwise be barred from immigration to the United States for supporting a terrorist organization,” Daines wrote.   While the authority has previously been used by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, prior determinations have typically been

Daines Co-Leads Bipartisan Effort to Call on Biden to Expand Workforce Development Programs for Wildland Firefighters

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines co-led a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to the Biden administration urging more support for the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCCs) to meet the need for more wildland firefighters and wood products workforce in Montana and across the country.  “We write to strongly urge you to provide additional programming and support for Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCCs) to meet our wildland firefighter and wood products workforce development, recruitment, and retention challenges to better position this critical workforce for the future,” the senators wrote.  “All signs point to yet another dangerous wildfire season,

Daines: Biden’s Student Loan Policies Help the Rich at the Expense of Hardworking Montana Taxpayers

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after President Biden announced federal student loan handouts.   “Biden’s move to shift the burden of student loan debt from the borrower to hardworking Montana taxpayers is utterly unfair, wildly irresponsible and clearly unconstitutional. Many Montanans worked hard to pay off their student loans, spent years saving for their education or chose a path other than college, and now they will be forced to foot the bill of wealthy elites’ education,” said Senator Daines. “This plan will supersize our national debt and pour fuel on the inflation fire at a time when

Daines Introduces Bill to Prohibit Montanans’ Tax Dollars from Funding Illegal Immigrants’ Abortions

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions for illegal immigrants.  “Rather than getting control of the southern border crisis President Biden created, he wants to ship illegal immigrants across the country to get taxpayer funded abortions. This is a gross abuse of Montanans’ taxpayer dollars and should never be allowed,” said Senator Daines. Senator Daines cosponsored the legislation with colleagues Senators Roger Marshall (Kan.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), James Inhofe (Okla.), James Lankford (Okla.), Mike Lee (Utah.), Rick Scott (Fla.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.). Background: The “No

Daines Statement on Removal of Portion of Libby’s Asbestos Superfund Site from EPA’s National Priorities List

U.S. SENATE – Today, Senator Daines released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement regarding the removal of a portion of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site from the EPA’s National Priorities list. “This announcement from the EPA demonstrates the two decades of extensive work that has gone into cleanup activities at the Libby Superfund site. While our job isn’t over yet, this is a significant milestone, and I’m glad to see progress being made towards protecting the health of Montanans in the area,” Daines said.  Background: Daines has been leading efforts in the U.S. Senate to bring awareness to the dangers of asbestos exposure

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Montana Moms

U.S. SENATE – Senator Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to make it easier for Montana moms to safely travel with breast milk, formula, and breastfeeding equipment. “We need to be doing everything we can to support mothers in every environment – that includes TSA screening checkpoints,” Daines said. “Nursing mothers deserve clarity and compassion when it comes to traveling with breast milk and baby formula and I’m glad to work with my colleagues on this bipartisan bill to support Montana moms.”   The “Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening (BABES) Enhancement Act” would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to clarify and regularly update guidance on handling breast milk,

Daines Statement on Bipartisan Package to Invest in R&D, Win the Race Against China Signed into Law

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the “Chips and Science Act,” a legislative package formerly known as the “U.S. Innovation and Competition Act” and the “Endless Frontier Act,” was signed into law. The legislation, which includes three Daines bills, will help boost America’s national security by investing in innovation and semiconductor manufacturing. “This is a historic investment in American science and technology that will reinforce the United States’ position on the global stage. Boosting American semiconductor production, innovation, STEM education and R&D will help us win the race against China, and I’m glad to see