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Daines urges Biden to protect Montanans’ access to Medicare Advantage

Source: NBC Montana MISSOULA, Mont. — Senator Steve Daines, along with bipartisan colleagues, sent a letter to the Biden administration asking for extended support for the Medicare Advantage program. The Medicare Advantage program provides health care to millions of American seniors, people with disabilities, and over 60,000 Montanans, according to Daines. “The number of Americans who choose Medicare Advantage continues to grow each year, with enrollment doubling over the last decade, resulting in Medicare Advantage serving nearly 50 percent of individuals eligible for Medicare,” the Senators wrote. “In 2023, average Medicare Advantage premiums will fall to a 16-year low of $18

Sen. Daines responds after Twitter suspends his account for hunting photo: ‘My wife is a great shot’

Source: Fox News UPDATED: Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is standing by the photo of him and his wife hunting that reportedly got him suspended from Twitter Monday night, as #FreeSteveDaines began to gain popularity among conservatives on social media. “My wife is a great shot. What can I say?” Daines told Fox News Digital. Daines’ account was reinstated Tuesday afternoon, and the senator thanked Elon Musk for recognizing that his photo was similar to hunting pictures that Americans post regularly. “It’s our Montana way of life and we are proud of it. I am glad Elon Musk recognizes this,” Daines said in a statement after

Sen. Daines spends the night in ‘Twitter jail’ for hunting photo

Source: Great Falls Tribune Montana Senator Steve Daines’ Twitter account was suspended Monday night because the company determined Daines’ profile picture, showing the Senator and his wife Cindy seated next to a pronghorn antelope Cindy Daines had shot, violated Twitter’s policy against posting images that show “graphic violence.” “Last night the Senator was notified his Twitter account was locked because his profile picture violated their rules against “graphic violence,” a news release from Daines’ office explained Tuesday morning. “Our team has reached out to Twitter to get this resolved because the Senator believes it is preposterous that a picture of him and

Butte father to attend State of the Union as Daines’ guest

Source: NBC Montana MISSOULA, Mont. — U.S. Senator Steve Daines has invited Tom Schrapps, who lost his son Reilly to fentanyl poisoning in Butte, to be his guest at the president’s State of the Union address tonight. Reilly Patrick Schrapps died in July, after taking a pill that was laced with a deadly dose of fentanyl. Every member of Congress is allowed one guest to the President’s State of the Union address.

Daines blasts Biden for failing to shoot down spy balloon

Source: Great Falls Tribune Montana Sen. Steve Daines said Friday that the Biden Administration’s decision to not shoot down the Chinese spy balloon spotted floating across Montana airspace Wednesday was a show of “weakness and indecision” that has “empowered and emboldened our enemies.” “I believe that Montana truly got a firsthand look at the Biden Administration’s weakness on foreign policy this week,” Daines said during a telephone press conference on Friday. “It is a tremendous embarrassment for the United States of America. Montanans and all the American people deserve answers from the Pentagon and from this administration on what happened

OP-ED: Fighting for Montana Values

With the holidays behind us and Congress gearing up for a new session, I look forward to continuing my mission fighting for our Montana way of life in Washington, D.C. Under President Joe Biden and Democrat congressional leadership, Montanans are facing the highest inflation rate in three decades, driving up prices of everything from groceries to used cars. In addition, the wide-open southern border is allowing record amounts of fentanyl to devastate our communities, and the attacks on made in Montana and made in America energy are costing Montana jobs and raising prices at the gas pump.   As I

Daines renews push for reversal of Cottonwood decision

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle Montana’s Republican U.S. senator is leading a bipartisan effort to compel the Biden administration to reverse precedent set in a 2015 federal court decision over critical habitat for Canada lynx. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, on Tuesday sent a letter to the Biden administration asking for a full and permanent reversal to requirements established in the 2015 Cottonwood decision. Daines is calling for the change about a month after the 117th Congress ended its session without passing a bill to reverse the court case’s precedent. The legislation passed out of the

Daines reintroduces Root and Stem Act

Source: Daily Inter Lake U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ office announced Tuesday that he has reintroduced his Root and Stem Act after it passed the Senate during the last congressional session, but not the House. This time, the Montana Republican is introducing the bill with legislators from both houses of Congress in the hopes of securing its quick passage. The Root and Stem Authorization Act will codify the authority of the secretaries of the Agriculture and Interior departments to conduct forest restoration projects alongside private landowners and companies. The legislation aims to facilitate more efficient forest management efforts, supporters say. “Season

Daines eyes passage of forest collaboration bill

Source: Daily Inter Lake Montana Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines expects a piece of forest management legislation he worked on with California Democrat U.S. Sen. Dianne Fienstein will pass through Congress later this year. The Root and Stem Authorization Act codifies the authority of the secretaries of the Agriculture and Interior departments to conduct forest restoration projects alongside private landowners and companies – with the goal of facilitating more efficient forest management efforts. “This act is really going to promote this collaboration effort,” said Tim McEntire, the northwest region representative for the Montana Logging Association, which is based in Kalispell.