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Stefanik and Daines demand Pelosi, Schumer advance bill to reopen Canadian border as Biden keeps it closed

FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Elise Stefanik are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to call votes on a bill that would force the Biden administration to open the Canadian border, citing economic harm to their constituents who rely on cross-border commerce to make a living. Daines, R-Mont., and Stefanik, R-N.Y., said they "urge immediate action" on the bill "to reopen the U.S.-Canada border for nonessential travel and revitalize American jobs an… Continue Reading


Vets to Daines: U.S. withdrawal needs accountability; Afghan nationals need security

A panel of veterans on Monday expressed dismay over the handling of the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan and urged Sen. Steve Daines to hold commanders accountable. They also urged the senator, who spent the afternoon in Missoula, to ensure those left behind are brought home, including the Afghan nationals who served alongside American forces. "There's going to be accountability," Daines told members of the panel. "We'll find out what decisions were made, why they were made and heads will roll. … Continue Reading


From the 'Middle of Nowhere' to the 'Heart of the Nation'

In what could be considered a once in a lifetime experience, Dalton Sand of Glasgow and Cole Taylor of Larslan recently found themselves touring the halls of Congress With Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). "I don't think it would be as cool as it was being there without Senator Steve Daines," Sand told The Courier, recounting his time in the United States Capitol rotunda, surrounded by larger than life statues of great American statesman. "It was just us, [Daines] and his staff. It was amazing becau… Continue Reading


Republican senator calls on Biden to reappoint Powell to top Fed job

Aug 19 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden should keep Jerome Powell at the helm of the Federal Reserve for another four years to build confidence in an improving economy that still faces significant risks, Senator Steve Daines said in a letter to the president on Thursday. "Changing the top leadership at this sensitive time could foster uncertainty across the financial system and undermine our economic recovery," Daines, a Montana Republican, wrote. His letter was the first formal call for Powell… Continue Reading


A Bill to Halt Chemical Abortion on College Campuses

Across America, pro-abortion activists are currently working around the clock to increase access to abortion in any way they can - whether cheering on do-it-yourself chemical abortions in the New York Times opinion section, or tossing out common-sense safety procedures such as risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS). The abortion movement's number one goal has become to ensure universal access to dangerous forms of abortion, including chemical. Now, they are particularly interested in t… Continue Reading


Daines, local officials talk rising crime rates in Billings

U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined local law enforcement, elected officials and a district judge to tour the Billings Police Department's evidence facility Friday to talk about concerning levels of crime in the region. Daines sat down with Billings city administrator Chris Kukulski, Police Chief Rich St. John, County Commissioner John Ostlund, Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder, County Attorney Scott Twito, District Judge Mary Jane Knisely, and director of the state's Department of Correc… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines warns Biden ahead of Putin meeting: 'If you go in with weakness, the bully comes out on top'

President Biden is facing strong warnings from Republicans about his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines, said in an interview on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" Tuesday that Biden must approach the Wednesday meeting in Geneva from a position of "strength" or "the bully will come out on top." "He's showing weakness towards Russia and being tough on America. President Biden needs to go in with strength," Daines said. "Remember President Reag… Continue Reading


Daines introduces Bipartisan Package to promote retirement security for Montanans

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is helping lead bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate to help Montanans prepare for retirement. The package includes Daines' bipartisan "Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act" that helps Montanans track their retirement accounts as they move between jobs. "Montanans work hard to build their savings in preparation for a worry-free retirement - their efforts and savings should be secure," Daines said. "I'm glad to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in worki… Continue Reading


National parks gear up for biggest year yet; Daines leads hearing on congestion

(CN) - As the National Park System gears up for what is likely to be its most crowded season, lawmakers are trying to bring congestion and overcrowding relief to the some of the country's most popular parks. "We need a breathing place for our national lungs, and a lot of that has to do with intelligent ways of visiting the parks," Ken Burns, a filmmaker who produced a documentary miniseries about the national parks, told lawmakers Wednesday in a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resourc… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines: Biden's tax-and-spend agenda will hurt not help America recover from COVID

As we work to lift ourselves out of the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession, America needs a plan that will reward hard work, boost our small business owners, and help Americans get back on their feet. What President Joe Biden has presented to us instead is a plan for keeping folks at home and dependent on government handouts. We saw in 2017 how tax reform championed by Republicans increased new investment and led to historic economic growth. President Biden is ignoring what we know works… Continue Reading


Daines preparing to re-introduce Forest Management Bill

With the continuing trend for hotter fire seasons, Senator Steve Daines believes it's still critical to reform forest management. And he's preparing for another run at a bill to make those changes. Senator Daines tells me the U.S. still needs a package of solutions to resolve the conditions that have left death and destruction in the aftermath of recent fire seasons. And he's ready to take another pass at a measure which got traction in Congress last fall. "I think we're going to take the same… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines: ‘Long Past Time’ for Supreme Court to Reconsider Roe v. Wade

National pro-life leaders, including Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), expressed satisfaction that the U.S. Supreme Court has finally agreed to reexamine "whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional" and if state laws that prohibit most abortions are unconstitutional. The Court has agreed to hear the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health during its term that begins in October, one that could present the most significant challenge to its 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade… Continue Reading


Montana’s senators reintroduce “Putting First Responders First Act”

HELENA, Mont. - Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) reintroduced a bill that looks to clarify the current tax code to ensure first responders do not have to pay taxes on injury-related compensation when hurt in the line of duty. According to a release, the "Putting First Responders First Act," was inspired by the story of Ladd Paulson, a Billings police officer who is now retired. "In 2002, Mr. Paulson was hit by an impaired driver while he was conducting a routine traffic… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines Urges Biden Administration to Withdraw Support for COVID-19 IP Waiver

Yesterday, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) wrote to President Joseph Biden to share his concerns regarding the Biden Administration's support for waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines and urge the President to reconsider his position on the proposed waiver. In his letter, Sen. Daines (at right) asserted that "[s]uspending World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations to protect IP on COVID-19 vaccines would not only fail to significantly speed up vaccine distribution to the rest… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines leads senate hearing on mental health, addiction challenges

U.S. SENATE - Senator Steve Daines led a hearing Wednesday on improving mental health and addiction services in our communities, where he highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana. May is Mental Health Awareness Month - an issue at the top of my mind and many others following a year of isolation for Montanans and Americans across the country," Sen. Daines said. "Since the pandemic, lockdowns, economic hardships and social isolation have only helped intensify what we already kno… Continue Reading


Watch now: Daines cosponsors the “Back to Work Bonus Act”

Daines cosponsored the "Back to Work Bonus Act," which would give currently unemployed workers who return to work a one-time payment similar to a hiring bonus, and he introduced the "Get Americans Back to Work Act," which would end the federal unemployment pandemic enhancement payments.… Continue Reading


GOP senator urges Biden to withdraw support for COVID vaccine patent waiver

GOP opposition is building to the Biden administration's move to support waiving World Trade Organization patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. Ahead of a Wednesday Senate Finance Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent a letter to Tai and President Biden, urging the administration to withdraw its support. "Waiving IP protections under this proposal runs counter to long standing American values and will not enable faster vaccination … Continue Reading


Daines pressing Biden Administration to reach agreement to re-open Canadian border

Noting the rising vaccination rates in Montana, Senator Steve Daines wants the Biden Administration to be more aggressive about reaching an agreement to re-open the Canadian border to regular traffic. There's still no sign of a breakthrough in efforts to resume anything but commercial, "essential" travel through Montana's ports of entry with Canada. And as we've shown you before, it's keeping cross-border families separated by the COVID restrictions. "Well, this is going to take leadership fro… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester Bring Awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester's resolution marking May 5th, 2021, as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls passed the U.S. Senate. "It's important to keep the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis at the forefront of the national conversation. On May 5 we remember Hanna Harris, who would be celebrating her 29th birthday, and the countless other lives that have been lost due to this crisis. Shedding a light on this tragic… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines tours MT Silversmiths

Senator Steve Daines spent a few hours in Columbus last Friday to tour Montana Silversmiths. Before the low-key tour got underway, Daines spoke to a handful of workers, telling them that he was excited to get to see the business up-close for the first time. Daines, who grew up in Gallatin County and spent a lot of time in Stillwater County hiking and recreating, said that decades ago, in a church nursery in Bozeman, he met a man by the name of Kent Williams. Williams, of course, would go on t… Continue Reading

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