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03.22.18

Helena IR: Wilderness Study Areas should not be closed to recreational use

I really support U.S. Sen. Steve Daines's S. 2206 to open our historic wilderness study areas, because it does conclude a long overdue 40-year (study) period. The majority of people from Montana and other states all want their historic access that should never have been closed. The three nearly connected congressionally approved wilderness areas south of Lolo Pass are the largest wilderness acres in the lower 48 states, so we don't need the Great Burn area as a wilderness for more major global … Continue Reading


03.22.18

MTPR: Montana Delegation Praises Forest Management Changes In Omnibus Bill

Today the U.S. House passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill with strong bipartisan support. It funds the federal government through September. The bill now heads to the Senate where NPR says it is also likely to pass with bipartisan support. Wednesday, Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines said there's good news for the Treasure State in the spending bill. "We secured some very important forest management reforms." Daines points to eliminating what he calls "NEPA paperwork" on nat… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Center for Biological Diversity: Omnibus Bill Includes Riders to Ramp Up Logging, Weaken Wildlife Protections

The $1.3 trillion spending bill unveiled in Congress on Wednesday includes harmful provisions to ramp up logging on public lands, weaken protections for endangered species and fund portions of an environmental destructive border wall. The bill, however, does not include most of the anti-environment riders proposed by Republicans, including ending protections for wolves in the Great Lakes states, allowing a toxic mine in the Superior National Forest and undermining the National Roadless Area Con… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Independent Record: Forest reform package would fund wildfires like other natural disasters, Montana delegation says

Montana's congressional delegation says reforms to forest management, including an end to "fire borrowing," will be included in must-pass legislation this week. On a media call Wednesday, Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte detailed a forest reform package as part of an omnibus bill, which includes funding wildfires similarly to other natural disasters. The reform ends fire borrowing -- the practice of using funds from other programs such as trail maintenance to pay for fires … Continue Reading


03.21.18

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines deserves thanks for supporting drug bill

I want to thank Sen. Steve Daines for his support and co-sponsorship of a bill in front of Congress right now to increase access to lower-cost generic prescription drugs. Many Montanans encouraged the senator to take a good look at the merits of Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act. He listened and has joined us in support for this bill, and taking responsible steps to make all aspects of health care more affordable. The way this works is by targeting abusive… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Missoula Current: Daines, Gianforte say forest reforms will "blunt" lawsuits, streamline timber projects

Montana's Republican delegation to Congress on Wednesday praised provisions included in the 2018 federal spending bill that address forest management, including a partial overturning of the Cottonwood decision and efforts to streamline timber projects. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte said the reforms, which will also fund the U.S. Forest Service's firefighting expenses from a separate account, represent a start in improving the health of the nation's forests. "What's been going o… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Great Falls Tribune: Forest, firefighting funding reforms included in spending bill in Congress

Reforms to improve forest management and how firefighting is funded are among the provisions important to Montana included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill making its way through Congress, according to Montana lawmakers. A bill protecting public land north of Yellowstone National Park from mining, however, did not make it into the omnibus bill, prompting one of the state's senators to criticize the other for its failure to be included. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told report… Continue Reading


03.18.18

Ravalli Republic: Steve Daines is right to move forward on Wilderness Study Areas

Recent attacks towards Senator Daines' legislation to release certain wilderness study areas demonstrate the fear and deliberate falsehoods that prevent us from moving forward on this important issue. Chris Marchion gave credibility to this theory recently with an editorial that makes false assertions while exuding the type of rhetoric that has unfortunately led many to believe that certain segments of the "conservation" community serve as a mouth piece for other political interests. First, rem… Continue Reading


03.09.18

NBC Montana: Daines announces bill aimed at school safety, mental health

MISSOULA,Mont. - U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced a new proposal, the School Safety and Mental Health Services Improvement Act, which could bring federal funding to more than 800 Montana schools. Daines says state and local governments provide 90 percent of the funding to over 100,000 public schools in the United States. His bill aims to allow the federal government to help schools become safer. "This bill improves school security by using federal funds for measures such as school counselors, … Continue Reading


03.08.18

Flathead Beacon: Trade Disputes Mark Beginning of 2018

With a decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, President Donald Trump continued to shake up trade issues in the U.S. It was a surprise move for many in Washington D.C., including a good chunk of the Republican Party. GOP members, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, expressed concern about the consequences such tariffs could have on American consumers. The president, however, said trade wars are "good" and "easy to "win" after proposing a 25 percent tariff on steel impor… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Great Falls Tribune: Daines calls for hearing after forest chief sexual harassment allegations

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Thursday he will use every means possible "to hold all bad actors" accountable in response to the resignation Wednesday of U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke amid sexual harassment allegations in the agency. The Montana Republican said he planned to ask for a Senate hearing on combatting sexual harassment in the U.S. Forest Service. Tooke's departure comes less than a week after PBS NewsHour reported the chief was under investigation following relationships with s… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Big Sky awarded $10 million grant for road improvements

Congress has approved roughly $10.3 million in federal grant money to improve the main road in Big Sky. The TIGER grant is expected to add about seven left-turn lanes at key intersections along Lone Mountain Trail. The money will also pay for the construction of a pedestrian tunnel, road signs, extend an existing paved pedestrian trail and purchase four motor coaches and six vans to enhance transit service in Big Sky. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced the grant Tuesday afternoon. He said Gallat… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Daily Inter Lake: Daines Backs Bill to Fund National Park Maintenance

America's National Parks face an $11.3 billion maintenance backlog. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and a group of other lawmakers have a proposal to fill it. The National Park Restoration Act would deposit a portion of revenues from energy production on federal lands into a fund for upkeep and repairs. Several senators and representatives from both parties are backing the bill. They joined Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in presenting the bill Wednesday morning. In a press release, Daines … Continue Reading


03.07.18

Newstalk KGVO: Zinke - Daines Propose Bicameral Bill to Save National Parks

At a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke welcomed Montana Senator Steve Daines along with Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and six other senators to propose legislation use revenues from energy production on federal lands to help pay for the over $11 billion maintenance backlog at the parks. Senator Alexander introduced the concept. "What we're announcing today is a bipartisan proposal supported by the President of the United States and… Continue Reading


03.07.18

KMMS: Daines is Fighting to Protect Americans Privacy

Today during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting, members voted to include six of U.S. Senator Steve Daines' bills to protect Americans' privacy. Improving cyber security will ensure the responsible use of taxpayer dollars in the Department of Homeland Security Reauthorization Act. "As Americans continue to face threats at home and abroad, we must make sure we continue to innovate cyber technologies to protect Americans' security," said Daines. Protecting Monta… Continue Reading


03.07.18

The Ripon Advance: GOP senators rally around bipartisan STOP School Violence Act proposal

U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Todd Young (R-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Steve Daines (R-MT) joined several colleagues in introducing the U.S. Senate version of a bipartisan bill to beef up anti-violence measures in America's schools. The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018 would authorize $75 million to fund evidence-based school safety programs and practices for Fiscal Year (FY) … Continue Reading


03.07.18

KPAX: Daines, Zinke introduce infrastructure fix for Glacier, other parks

Senator Steve Daines and eight other senators are throwing their support behind an ambitious plan to rebuild roads, bridges and other aging systems in Glacier and other National Parks. It's a plan that aims to tackle the $11 billion maintenance backlogs in the parks. It doesn't take long to see the growing problems with the infrastructure on a visit to Glacier National Park. It's not just that the park is having a hard time keeping up with the crowds from the record breaking crowds in recent y… Continue Reading


03.05.18

Flathead Beacon: Gianforte Proposes to Release Montana Wilderness Study Areas

BILLINGS - Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has drafted two bills proposing to release almost 690,000 acres (279,000 hectares) of wilderness study areas in Montana. One of Gianforte's bills echoes Montana Sen. Steve Daines' bill introduced in the Senate late last year. It proposes to release 449,500 acres (182,000 hectares) of wilderness study areas all on national forest lands. The Billings Gazette reports that Gianforte also authored a separate act to release an additional 240,000 acres (97,… Continue Reading


02.25.18

Wall Street Journal: Safety From Hackers - and Trial Lawyers

Companies that are victims of cyberattacks increasingly find themselves also targeted by plaintiffs' lawyers, who bring lawsuits alleging their security measures were negligent. Anthem Inc. last year agreed to pay $115 million to customers affected by an attack believed to have been perpetrated by a foreign government. Computer chip manufacturers have faced dozens of lawsuits based on the mere prospect that consumers will suffer damage from hacking. Such lawsuits are more than a costly nuisance… Continue Reading


02.22.18

Char-Koosta News: Daines amendment to strengthen tribal public safety passes committee

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement after his bipartisan amendment to promote tribes' access to national criminal databases passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. This amendment, which supports tribes' participation in the Tribal Access Program (TAP), is part of his greater effort to reduce the number of native women and girls who go missing or are murdered. "We must curb the tragic epidemic of native women and girls who go missing or are murdered an… Continue Reading

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