Category: Op-ed

Daines Op-Ed in Washington Examiner: Biden’s climate agenda creates energy poverty in tribal nations

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Kathleen Sgamma, President of Western Energy Alliance, authored the following op-ed in the Washington Examiner. Click here to read the full op-ed. Excerpts below: The White House is hosting its Tribal Nations Summit this week, and it’s important to note that the administration’s climate policy is bankrupting the tribes it claims to help. The president is sure to promise, as he has at previous summits, that his administration “will defend tribal sovereignty, self-government, and self-determination and will support tribal economies.” Unfortunately, the administration’s policies do the opposite. Specifically, the administration’s energy policy is crushing our nation’s tribes by robbing them of reliable jobs

OP-ED: Biden’s America is the real Halloween horror

Source: Fox News Do you like scary movies? You don’t have to rent a horror movie this Halloween to feel spooked—just take a look at what President Biden and the Democrats have done since they took control of the White House and Congress.  Inflation is clocking in at 40-year highs. It can cost Montana families over $100 just to fill up their tank. Fentanyl from the open southern border is wreaking havoc across Montana. Good-paying energy jobs have been nixed. Our small-town communities aren’t safe anymore, and cities across the country are grappling with an exponential uptick in violent crime. The current state of

Sens. Daines, Braun: Speaker Pelosi, send impeachment articles to Senate in 25 days or end this partisan game

Nearly three weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her liberal Democratic Party cohorts voted to impeach President Trump. But rather than fulfill their constitutional duty and send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Democrats have decided to play more partisan games. Every step of the way, Democrats like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned that President Trump is a “clear and present danger” to democracy who must be removed now.  New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged her fellow Democrats to “move quite quickly” to impeach President Trump because the integrity of the 2020 election was

Time to stop Rx sticker shock

As U.S. senators representing the Big Sky state and Hawkeye country, we know older Montanans and Iowans keep a watchful eye on spending. Like millions of Americans across the country, they are mindful that they need to stretch their savings in order to pay the bills and uphold their quality of life in retirement. Whenever we hear from folks in Iowa or Montana, we hear widespread concern about the rising costs of prescription drugs. It’s particularly upsetting to find out some patients ration or skip doses of daily medication because they can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs. This issue has struck

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: We must protect the public use of public lands

In 1977, President Carter signed a law that required the Forest Service to study 973,000 acres in Montana to determine if they were suitable for wilderness. The findings were to be reported in five years and Congress was to take action afterward. The Forest Service completed the study and determined that several of the study areas in Montana were not suitable for wilderness in its final plan. Thirty-five years later — we’re still waiting for D.C. to get its job done and release the study areas. I’ve introduced the Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act, which will take action

Celebrating Independence Day

Rodeos, barbecues, fireworks, parades — these are what often come to mind when we celebrate the Fourth of July in Montana. In fact, these activities have always come to mind when we think about Independence Day. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. From the very beginning, people understood the significance of what they had just done. John Adams, our would-be second president, wrote to his wife about his vision for future celebrations of this historic occasion: “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary

Daines ready to get to work on healthcare

On Wednesday, June 28th I will host my 17th Telephone Townhall to get your input on the healthcare draft proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. The draft bill was released on Thursday, June 22nd, and I immediately posted the text on my website for all Montanans to read. I am digging into this legislation myself and look forward to hearing the thoughts of Montanans as we consider this important issue together. While there is an effort to move legislation out of the Senate next week, I’ve been urging my colleagues to get this legislation right – my dad taught me

Sen. Steve Daines: The future of Montana agriculture

On June 1, Great Falls was the center of our nation’s agriculture conversation as I hosted the Montana Ag Summit, a conversation about the future of jobs in our state’s No. 1 economic driver, agriculture. We had two of the nation’s top ag leaders at the Montana Ag Summit — the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and the U.S. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts. The day before the Summit, Perdue and Roberts joined me in Cascade, Montana for a listening session at Rick Bogden’s cow-calf operation. We had several ag groups there including the Wool Growers, Stockgrowers,

US Sen. Steve Daines on Memorial Day

Freedom. It’s what makes America the greatest country on earth. It’s what drove people to board boats for long voyages, cross stormy seas and enter a strange land with few possessions in hand. It’s what mankind has prayed for, fought for and died for across human history. Freedom is what makes America unique. Our forefathers secured freedom for us long ago, and generations after have taken up the cause to defend freedom from all enemies at great cost. Each year, we set aside a day to honor those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. We remember the men

Fox News: Senator Daines: Time for Congress to come clean and tell you what its budget proposals really cost

Can you imagine sitting around the dinner table considering purchasing a car or a new home, but not factoring in the cost of the interest on the loan?  Yet, this is what Congress does with its legislative budget estimates – one more example of why Washington is broken. To restore the public’s trust and improve the budget process, Congress must adopt policies that require accuracy in the budget process. When the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was passed, it did not require budgetary estimates for legislative proposals to account for projected interest costs on borrowed amounts, which add to the