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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


Tester, Daines Encourage Montanans to Get Vaccinated In New PSA

U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are teaming up to release a Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging Montanans to make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines & Rep. Newhouse: Obama-Biden water rule – here's why we must stop this overreach... again

As the respective chairmen of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucuses, a group of members who work to lift the voice of the rural West in Congress, we have a vested interest in how the federal government's regulations impact water, agriculture and natural resources across the country - especially when these regulations burden the rural communities we represent. The "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule by then-President Obama and Vice President Biden was a drastic land and water grab… Continue Reading


Daines visits vaccination clinic at Montana State University Billings

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines visited the Montana State University Billings campus Friday morning to tour the COVID-19 testing and Military and Veteran Success Center. According to university student health services director, Darla Tyler-McSherry, the former office space used for the testing center took just 30 days to be converted. The testing site will be used to test student athletes before competitions, which is required by NCAA guidelines, and to test students showing symptoms of COVID-19. The … Continue Reading


Daines, Rosendale Push For Grizzly Bear Delisting

Montana's Republican congressmen are asking the Interior Department to remove Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. In a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Matt Rosendale joined Idaho and Wyoming's congressional delegation asking for more information on how the Biden administration will handle grizzlies, including a timeline on when the two populations will be returned to … Continue Reading


Daines sponsors bipartisan bill to bolster wildfire preparedness

A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) would create a new job series for federal wildland firefighters to more accurately reflect the hazardous nature of the jobs they perform. "In recent years Montana's wildland firefighters have faced more intense challenges," Sen. Daines said on Tuesday. "This bill will strengthen our preparedness for future wildfires and ensure we are recruiting and retaining the folks who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect Montana… Continue Reading


Senator Steve Daines appears on the KGVO Montana Morning Program

Early Wednesday morning, KGVO spoke to Senator Steve Daines on the phone from his office in Washington, D.C. The first topic covered was the dramatic verdict announcement for Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "Let's not forget that what happened to George Floyd was absolutely tragic," said Senator Daines. "The jury has rendered a verdict. But also, let's not forget the members of law enforcement in this country who are the victims of violence on virtually a daily basis… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines calls for public vote to ban 'swampy' earmark provisions

The debate over earmarks has caused a divide among GOP senators as they prepare to vote on restoring the controversial tactic next week, but Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines has suggestions that could affect how Republicans vote - a public record. "Nothing screams D.C. swamp more than a secret vote to overturn a ban on earmarks that would unleash wasteful spending and make lobbyists rich on the taxpayers' dime," Daines said Friday. "If we're voting on this pay-for-play tactic, it should be … Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines to introduce bill aimed at preventing states from making payments to undocumented migrants

United States Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., has announced he will introduce a bill which would stop states from using funds from the recent $1.9 trillion COVID relief package toward undocumented migrants. The move comes after New York announced it would be providing undocumented migrants close to $2.1 billion, which would be covered by funding from the package. The senator says it provides an incentive for illegal crossings and punishes taxpayers. If passed, the bill would prohibit states fro… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines fires back on Biden gun control orders: ‘This is not the answer’

The topic of guns and gun control has been debated for decades, now the Biden Administration wants to bypass congress and enact regulations through executive orders for what the president calls a gun and public health crisis. Opponents of the moves feel this is ineffective and a threat towards the 2nd Amendment. But for the president, he feels something needs to be done. "This is an epidemic, for God's sake. And it has to stop," President Joe Biden said. The executive orders the president an… Continue Reading


Senator Daines Questions IRS Commissioner Rettig on Montana Case

At a hearing before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Montana Senator Steve Daines took IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to task over an issue regarding a constituent from Billings who was attempting to deal with the estate of his deceased mother, but needed the cooperation of the IRS. "A Montanan from Billings brought an issue to my attention that I'd like to briefly discuss," said Daines. "This individual lost his mother in January of 2020, and only then found ou… Continue Reading


GOP Sen. Daines: No Biden spending bill funding should go to states that give money to illegal immigrants

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Monday he will introduce a bill to prevent funds in President Biden's $1.9 trillion infrastructure spending bill from going to states that give stimulus payments to illegal immigrants. In a press release obtained by Fox News, Daines took aim at the president's response to the immigration crisis after visiting the southern border, criticizing Biden's border policies and states, such as New York, that give stimulus payments to undocumented migrants… Continue Reading


Daines, Tester secure funding for rural schools

Montana's two senators, Steve Daines and Jon Tester, have helped secure over $12 million for rural counties in Montana by reauthorizing critical federal funding. Following the decline of timber production in federal forests, Congress passed the Secure Rural Schools Program and Community Self Determination Act in 2000 to compensate rural counties. Since its inception, the program has provided money for schools, roads and other municipal services in over 700 counties across the country and Puerto… Continue Reading


Locals tell Senator Daines impact of pipeline stoppage

A brief stop in Baker gave local business owners a chance to tell a sitting U.S. Senator what the real life impact a decision in the nation's capital has had in eastern Montana. Owner of Spiffy's Mobil 1 Express Lube and Wash, Jay Quenzer said that his business dropped about 25 percent when the construction on the Keystone XL pipeline was stopped in late January. He said that the construction business had helped his business to survive during the pandemic. Jodie O'Donnell had a RV park where … Continue Reading

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