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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 and going back to the old tax-and-spend playbook of the Democrats—something that is already showing signs of failure with the recent jobs

Daines preparing to re-introduce Forest Management Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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 bill and move forward with it. We got very close and

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. Daines, chairman of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, said in a statement, “It is long past time for the Supreme Court to right this wrong and I am encouraged to see the

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 stop on his motorcycle,” the release says. “He survived the near-death experience, but was left

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 of the world, but it would set a dangerous precedent on IP protection at the international level and undermine American innovation.”  Sen. Daines also argued that the

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 know – we need mental health services in our communities, and we need to make it a priority. You can

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.

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 globally,” the senator wrote. He also expressed concern that countries like China and Russia would take the protected data and undermine the market for U.S. vaccine manufacturing. “Moreover,

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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 from the top and the hypocrisy that we’re seeing at the moment from the Biden Administration is frustrating many Montanans,” says Daines.