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07.13.18

Daines Sponsors Resolution to Support ICE

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sponsored a resolution denouncing the radical calls for the dissolution of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement performs vital functions that protect American families. Last year, agents worked tirelessly around the clock to rescue 1,422 victims of human trafficking. More than 900 of those victims were children. ICE agents also removed a million pounds of narcotics and more than 4,800 gang membe… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Ravalli Republic: Latest farm bill protects Montana's interests, Daines and Tester

The U.S. Senate version of the farm bill delivers for Montana agriculture and forests, the state's two senators said Tuesday. Sens. Steve Daines, Republican, and Jon Tester, Democrat, say they have amendments to the 2018 farm bill as the bill goes to the floor for debate, but mostly they see the state's interests protected. The bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee last week on a 20 to 1 vote. Daines, an Agriculture Committee member, said the bipartisanship that got the f… Continue Reading


06.21.18

NBC Montana: Montana officials don't agree with sales tax decision

MISSOULA, Mont. - Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, Congressman Greg Gianforte along with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox released statements slamming the Supreme Court decision on internet sales tax. The office of Senator Steve Daines sent out the following release: U.S. Senator Steve Daines today condemned the United States Supreme Court decision allowing states to implement an Internet sales tax on small businesses physically located outside of the state's borders. The 5-4… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Missoula Current: Daines, Tester urge Congress to reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund

Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines on Wednesday joined a group of lawmakers at the U.S Capitol to urge Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The fund, established in 1964 to safeguard public lands, water resources and cultural heritage, is set to expire on Sept. 30 without congressional reauthorization. "Today marks 100 days until the LWCF expires," Daines said. "It's time we permanently reauthorize this critical conservation and recreation program fo… Continue Reading


06.20.18

MTPR: Montana Representatives Oppose Separating Families At Border

All three of Montana's delegates in Washington, D.C. said they oppose the Trump Administration's strategy of separating families at the border. But they disagree on how to move forward to change that practice. Democratic Senator Jon Tester maintains a specific bill isn't even necessary to keep those families together. "The Secretary of Homeland Security could stop it, (U.S. Attorney General Jeff) Sessions could stop it, they could stop it, and it would be stopped within minutes. But, assumin… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Great Falls Tribune: Malmstrom to get funds for ICBM, 'copter projects

Malmstrom Air Force Base will receive federal funding to help modernize its ground-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) infrastructure and replace UH-1N Huey military helicopters at the base, Sen. Steve Daines said Monday. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 OKs a $69.4 million increase for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, a Daines spokeswoman said Monday. The GBSD will replace the Missileman III missile at Malmstrom in the mid-2020s and t… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Montana Standard: Sen. Steve Daines gets rare visit to Anaconda's former smoke stack

Standing in the shadow of the Washoe Smelter, Republican Sen. Steve Daines got the lay of the land on Anaconda's Superfund Friday while the quiet valley lay far below. Daines got a rare visit to the 585-foot smoke stack while making stops throughout southwest Montana Friday. He also visited Whitehall, Dillon and Deer Lodge as part of a 56-county tour around the state. He talked to ranchers in Whitehall, stock growers in Dillon, and lumber industry professionals in Deer Lodge. He also paid a… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Great Falls Tribune: Two Montana groups to share $100K to fight drug abuse

Two Montana groups will share $100,000 in federal grants to focus on local drug crises and emerging drug abuses, Sen. Steve Daines said Friday. The Substance Abuse Prevention Alliance in Great Falls and the Lincoln County Unite for Youth Coalition will each get $50,000 for communities' efforts to combat local drug use, especially among youth. "Montana's meth and drug epidemic has taken lives and destroyed families," Daines, R-Mont., said. "These critical funds will help Montana combat drug use… Continue Reading


06.14.18

Multichannel News: GOP Bills Target RUS Funds to Unserved Area

Republican-backed bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to ensure that government money targeted to subsidize rural broadband, a White House and FCC priority, is not going to overbuild existing service.The Reprioritizing Unserved Rural Areas and Locations (RURAL) for Broadband Act of 2018 has been introduced in the House by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and and the Senate by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), two states that are about as rural as they get.The bill prioritizes Rural Utility S… Continue Reading


06.13.18

Montana Standard: Guest view: Senate Agricultural Committee releases Farm Bill that protects SNAP

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on June 8, presenting an opportunity for the Senate to reaffirm our national commitment to reducing hunger. Montana Food Bank Network applauds Montana's U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and the rest of the Senate Agriculture Committee for developing a bipartisan bill that recognizes the importance and effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Unlike the House Farm Bill, which made harsh and i… Continue Reading


06.12.18

Missoulian: Daines adds slate of forest amendments to Farm Bill

The new version of the 2018 Farm Bill may have a lot of Montana-based timber policy changes, including restrictions on court challenges to logging projects and simplified forest management rules. Much of that will come from Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, who filed 20 amendments to the bill on Monday evening. Those additions will be discussed in mark-up sessions over this week. "Chairman Roberts asked me to take the lead on the forestry side," Daines said on Tuesday, referring to Agricul… Continue Reading


06.12.18

Great Falls Tribune: Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect

BILLINGS - Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was decades in the making for the northwestern Montana American Indian tribe. Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed documents in Washington, D.C., that set the stage for the government to begin paying for drinking water and irrigation projects envisioned in the agreement. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed the do… Continue Reading


06.11.18

Missoula Current: Forest Service chief approves salvage project for Sunrise fire on Lolo

The U.S. Forest Service is reviewing 14 recent wildfires to conduct post-fire salvage operations in western Montana, including five on the Lolo National Forest, one of which was approved by the agency's interim chief earlier this month. Acting chief Vicki Christiansen used the emergency situation determination to begin work on the Sunrise fire near Superior, which burned in 2017. The work was initially reported as salvage work resulting from the Lolo Peak fire, though that was incorrect. "Lolo… Continue Reading


06.08.18

KRTV: Daines honors Gary Dent of Pondera County as "Montanan Of The Week"

After more than four decades of service, Conrad Police Chief Gary Dent recently retired. Dent spent 40 years in law enforcement, and 31 of those years were with the city of Conrad. Fellow officers and dispatchers joined in on his final goodbye to say thank you for all he has done. On Friday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines honored Dent in his weekly "Montanan Of The Week" email. The following is the statement submitted by Daines to the Congressional Record: Mr. President, this week I have the hon… Continue Reading


06.08.18

KTVQ: Livingston company expanding, plans to add 100 jobs

LIVINGSTON - Livingston's Printing For Less (PFL) held a ceremonial groundbreaking event Friday for its new 55,000 sq. ft digital printing and fulfillment center. The company plans to add 100 new employees once the new center is complete. Just this past year it added 80 new positions at its Livingston location. "We're obviously optimistic about our own future because we're investing millions in a new facility," said PFL Founder and CEO Andrew Fields. PFL currently employs just under 300 people… Continue Reading


06.08.18

Great Falls Tribune: Veterans facilities renamed after 3 Montana heroes

Three veterans' facilities in Montana will be named after a trio of Treasure State World War II vets, following the president's approval of legislation introduced by Montana's congressional delegation. President Donald Trump OK'd renaming the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Missoula to honor David J. Thatcher, the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Billings will be renamed in honor of Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow (Dakaak Baako) and the Community Based Specialty Clinic in Billings will be ren… Continue Reading


06.08.18

KTVQ: Livingston company expanding, plans to add 100 jobs

LIVINGSTON - Livingston's Printing For Less (PFL) held a ceremonial groundbreaking event Friday for its new 55,000 sq. ft digital printing and fulfillment center. The company plans to add 100 new employees once the new center is complete. Just this past year it added 80 new positions at its Livingston location. "We're obviously optimistic about our own future because we're investing millions in a new facility," said PFL Founder and CEO Andrew Fields. PFL currently employs just under 300 people… Continue Reading


06.06.18

Daily Inter Lake: SPERRY REBUILD TO RECIEVE $12 MILLION

The effort to rebuild Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet will receive $12 million in federal money, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday. The money for Sperry is a part of more than $256 million in approved funding to rebuild critical national park infrastructure nationwide. Glacier's historic chalet burned in last summer's Sprague Fire. Glacier National Park Conservancy Executive Director Doug Mitchell told the Inter Lake that the Interior's announcement wasn't une… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Breitbart: Exclusive-Sen. Daines: 'If You're Gonna Drain the Swamp, You've Gotta Keep the Pumps Running in August'

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House Tuesday on Capitol Hill, discussing the successful push to get Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the Senate's August recess to continue to pursue the Republican legislative agenda and confirm President Donald Trump's nominees. "I spent 28 years in the private sector before coming to Congress. I've never heard of such a thing as taking a month off in the summertime, an Augus… Continue Reading


05.31.18

Billings Gazette: At Billings summit, speakers aim not just for energy independence, but for energy dominance

Representatives from the energy industry gathered Thursday in Billings under the banner mantra of energy independence. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines primarily touted the phrase at the Montana Energy Summit event he organized, featuring industry executives and government officials on stage. If the theme of the event was the celebration of the domestic natural resource supply, then Harold Hamm was perhaps the speaker who embodied that most. The Continental Resources founder and CEO spoke… Continue Reading

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