National Security

We must support the brave Americans stationed abroad who work tirelessly to keep our nation and world safe. We must also maintain a strong partnership with our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel. As your Senator, I have had the opportunity to visit with foreign leaders in Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, and witnessed firsthand the turmoil in the Middle East. Hearing directly from the leaders of these nations reaffirms the importance of our relationship with Israel and having a coherent strategy in the region.

On a daily basis, we are reminded of the growing threat of a nuclear Iran or North Korea. We see the threats of radical Islamic terrorism with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Houthis in Yemen. The United States must remain vigilant and work closely with our overseas allies to promote global security and eliminate these threats.

It is also critical to recognize that the time has passed where America can be complacent as it relates to its policies towards China. China poses a very real threat to our national security, whether it’s their military investments, economic development via forced technology transfers, outright theft or China’s rapidly developing and innovative tech sector. The United States needs a long-term plan to compete and deal with China’s rising economic and geopolitical influence.

Montana’s rich natural resources not only help power our country, but also contributes to and bolsters our national security. Many of the regions filled with turmoil also supply much of the world’s oil and natural gas. Our energy security isn’t just about jobs and low energy prices– it’s directly tied to our national security.

Daines Leads Bill to Ban DOD from Funding, Hosting Drag Queen Performances

Calls Administration’s Explanation “Inadequate,” Asks for Further Clarification U.S. SENATE— U.S. Senator Steve Daines today led a group of his Republican colleagues in introducing a bill to stop the Department of Defense (DOD) from using taxpayer funds or taxpayer-funded facilities from hosting drag queen performances. The bill follows recent reports that Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, hosted a “Drag Story Time” targeted at children at the base library. In addition, Daines sent another letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asking for further clarification regarding the situation at Malmstrom. “Our military’s mission is clear: to provide the military forces needed

Prior to Security Briefing, Daines Releases List of Questions for Biden Administration Officials

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following list of questions that remain unanswered regarding the Chinese spy balloon that crossed the United States from January 28 to February 4, 2023, spending eight days in American airspace. Daines will receive a security briefing later today from Biden Administration officials where he hopes the questions below will be answered. Daines viewed Top Secret information from the administration earlier this week but many of his questions still remain unanswered. “This situation raises a number of national security concerns and has been a tremendous embarrassment for the United States. The Biden administration’s

Daines Slams Biden Admin for Putting Woke Agenda Over National Security

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today called out the Biden administration for allowing the TSA to no longer consider gender when checking the identity of travelers. Daines is demanding answers as to why Biden’s choosing to put wokeness over national security.  “Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government has made significant progress in securing domestic air travel. Whether through the creation of TSA or improved screening practices, the federal government has taken significant steps in regard to securing air travel and protecting American citizens. Now, it appears that the current administration has shifted its focus to advancing “wokeness” at the expense of

Daines Introduces Slate of Bills to Combat Sanctuary Cities in Montana

U.S. SENATE— U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced several bills to help combat sanctuary cities in Montana. The bills better equip law enforcement and will help protect innocent Montanans from illegal aliens harboring in Montana. “Violent criminals and illegal aliens are using sanctuary cities as a safe haven in Montana and across the country. This must be stopped,” Daines said. “It’s simple. Sanctuary cities are against the law, and innocent Montanans are dealing with the dangers that come with them. We need to help our law enforcement combat these illegal safe havens and hold individuals who are supporting them accountable.” A sanctuary jurisdiction is a state or locality that forbids its local law enforcement from: Sharing information with

Daines: Violence Will Not Be Tolerated

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement: “Last week’s attacks on our Capitol were an assault on our democracy. There is an ongoing investigation, and there is no evidence Antifa instigated the attacks. The FBI believes Antifa was not involved. Those who took part in the violence and destruction are criminals and must be brought to justice.  “We are a nation that believes in the right to peacefully protest—we must rise above the violence. To all who plan to exercise First Amendment rights over the coming days, do know violence will not be tolerated.”

Daines: Malmstrom to Receive Helicopter Upgrade This Summer Following Direct Request

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Malmstrom Air Force Base will receive the MH-139 “Grey Wolf” helicopter upgrade replacing the Vietnam era UH-1N “Huey’s” in the summer of 2021. Malmstrom will be the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) base in the country to receive this critical upgrade. This news follows Daines’ direct request and extensive work to secure the upgraded helicopters for Montana. “Today’s announcement that Malmstrom will be receiving these critical helicopter upgrades is great news for Montana and our country’s national security,” Daines said. “I’m proud to have fought to secure this critical upgrade for Malmstrom and

Daines Fights to Protect Montana Air National Guard’s C-130s

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines urged Senate and House Armed Services Committee Leadership to maintain a minimum inventory of 292 C-130 aircraft, which includes those used by the Montana Air National Guard, in the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  “Our Air National Guard C-130 flying wings provide nearly half of the Air Force’s tactical airlift capability. For more than 50 years, we have brought Americans into combat, provided humanitarian relief around the globe, and supported domestic response throughout the nation,” Daines wrote. “As the Air Force proposes changes to align our force structure with the National Defense Strategy (NDS), it is vitally important we

Daines Fights to Protect Montanans from Government Spy Programs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced he will be introducing bipartisan legislation to protect the civil liberties and privacy of Montanans from government spying programs. Daines’ bipartisan bill reforms Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act which the National Security Agency has used to create a secret mass surveillance program that swept up millions of Americans’ phone calls. “Montanans want their privacy protected. That’s why I’m fighting to protect our civil liberties and stop the federal government from interfering into our lives,” Daines said. Daines’ bipartisan Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act reforms Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act

Daines Votes for Montana Defense Priorities, Little Shell Recognition in Defense Bill

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for a major defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a 3.1% pay raise for the military, critical defense priorities for Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls and federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Daines fought to include provisions that will preserve and protect Malmstrom’s mission, while safeguarding national security for generations to come.   “This legislation strengthens Montana’s defense priorities and gives our men and women in uniform a much deserved 3.1% pay raise,” Daines said. “This is about peace through strength. Our nuclear deterrents