Author: Reilly Lowery

Daines Introduces Bill to Improve Conservation on Over 100,000 Acres of Public Land

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the “Montana Sportsmen Conservation Act” to restore wildlife habitats, enhance sportsmen opportunities, mitigate wildfire risk, and increase public access to public lands in Montana by removing restrictive Wilderness Study Area (WSA) designations that can hinder land management and public access. The legislation is supported by 19 local leaders and stakeholder groups. “After working with local stakeholders and county commissioners and looking at the science, I’m glad to introduce a bill that would enhance sportsmen opportunities and access, help restore wildlife habitats, and decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires,” Daines said. “For decades, land managers have been forced to decrease public access and unable to use

Daines Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Defend Second Amendment Rights

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen to uphold Americans’ right to keep and bear arms without having to prove a specific need to exercise their constitutional right. “The United States Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirms what we already knew: the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This decision puts an end to government intrusion into the lives of Americans looking to defend themselves and their families, and this is a huge win for law-abiding gun owners across America,” Daines

Three Major Daines Bills Pass Out of Senate Finance Committee

U.S. SENATE – Today three bipartisan bills sponsored by U.S. Senator Steve Daines passed out of the Senate Finance Committee. Click HERE to listen to Daines’ opening remarks. “Putting First Responders First Act”  Daines’ bipartisan “Putting First Responders First Act” would change the current tax code to ensure first responders never again have to pay taxes on injury-related compensation when hurt in the line of duty. “Montana’s first responders sacrifice every day to protect our families and communities—these heroes should never have to worry about burdensome taxes and audits after suffering injuries in the line of duty. I’m glad to see this bipartisan bill one

Two Bipartisan Cattle Market Transparency Bills Voted out of Committee, Head to Senate Floor

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today is calling for Senate passage of two bipartisan bills he cosponsored to help bring fairness to the cattle markets and support Montana ag. The bipartisan “Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act” and “Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act” were passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee today and will head to the Senate floor.  “It’s past time we put an end to the manipulation and price gouging within the cattle markets. Restoring competition and transparency in the cattle market will ensure Montana ranchers are competing on a level playing field and Montana families are paying fair prices at the grocery store. I’m urging swift passage of these important bipartisan bills to help support Montana ag,” Daines said.  In November 2021, Daines helped introduce

Daines, Colleagues Combat Anti-Second Amendment Woke Corporations

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a group of his colleagues today in introducing the “Firearm Industry Non-Discrimination Act” to stop the federal government from entering into contracts with entities that promote anti-Second Amendment policies.   “The federal government should not be in business with woke corporations that want to hinder Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Sending hard-earned taxpayer dollars to businesses that are anti-Second Amendment is unacceptable—we must send a clear message that their woke agenda has no place here,” Daines said.  “Fighting gun violence is necessary, but the escalating anti-gun rhetoric from the left and mainstream media is already

Daines Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Areas Impacted by Flooding

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines staff will hold mobile office hours in the following areas impacted by the flooding.  Stillwater County:             Lower floor of the West Annex at 431 Quarry Road, Columbus, MT  Wednesday, June 22 from 10:00am-1:00pm MDT Wednesday, June 29 from 10:00am-1:00pm MDT Carbon County:             Carbon County Commissioner Office at 17 West 11th St, Red Lodge, MT Thursday, June 23 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm MDT Thursday, June 30 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm MDT Park County:             Gardiner Chamber of Commerce at 216 W Park St, Gardiner, MT Wednesday, June 22 from 11:00am – 2:00pm MDT Wednesday,

Bad Actors Are Fattening Their Wallets, Not Boosting Conservation

On Dec. 21, 2020, two brothers from Georgia, Stein and Corey Agee, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US government. The Agee brothers played a role in generating over $1.2 billion in fraudulent charitable tax deductions. Upon their guilty plea, Stein and Corey appear to have cooperated in a broader Department of Justice investigation. Eighteen months later, seven others are under federal indictment for alleged crimes as part of a syndicated conservation easement tax scheme.  The recent guilty pleas and indictments reflect just a small portion of the illicit manipulation of the otherwise highly successful conservation easement deduction. The

Daines Slams TikTok CEO for Enabling Spread of Pro-War Propaganda to Russian Public

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and a group of his colleagues today demanded answers from the CEO of TikTok on their disinformation practices in Russia. Specifically, the Senator and his colleagues want answers on why TikTok is bending to pressure from the Kremlin and limiting users from Russia from seeing any content other than Russian state-approved media, creating an information blackout.  “Recent reports indicate TikTok… has allowed Russian state media to flood the platform with dangerous pro-war propaganda. No company should find itself in the position of amplifying the Kremlin’s lies, which fuel public support for Russia’s war of choice in Ukraine,” the senators wrote. 

Daines Supports Historic Veterans’ Health Bill

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on the bipartisan “Honoring Our PACT Act” that would provide care and support to Montana veterans suffering from toxic exposure and other related health conditions.  “Montana veterans served our nation with honor, and it is our duty to ensure they have the care and services they need when they return home. The ‘Honoring Our PACT Act’ will ensure that the men and women who have suffered from toxic exposure while bravely defending our country receive the support they deserve. I look forward to seeing this bipartisan bill signed into law,” Daines said.  Read

Daines, Tester, Rosedale Urge Presidential Disaster Declaration in Response to Historic Flooding

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Matt Rosendale today sent a letter to President Biden urging him to approve the State of Montana’s request for a major disaster declaration as a result of severe weather and substantial rainfall. “We write today in support of the State of Montana’s major disaster declaration request as a result of severe weather and substantial rainfall throughout much of the state that began on June 10, 2022,” the Montana delegation wrote. “…The impact of this flooding will continue to have a profound impact on the region’s economy for some time and swift assistance will