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03.26.20

PENCE PRAISES DAINES’ CORONAVIRUS FUNDING EFFORTS

Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has been pressing fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill to provide economic stimulus relief to the American people. He's also been front and center in efforts to help develop coronavirus treatments, drawing praise from Vice President Mike Pence and a leading health official. On Tuesday, Daines said, "once the Senate acts, we'll be able to accelerate drug development to treat and prevent COVID-19." Here's VP Pence's exact remarks, according to the White House t… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Daines proposes $10 billion to pay for early manufacture of coronavirus drugs

The federal government could soon be paying for the early manufacturing of potential coronavirus drugs while those drugs are still being researched, under a $10 billion proposal by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. The proposal, which received mention on the Sunday news program "Face The Nation" and in the Wall Street Journal, would have the federal government paying for early drug manufacturing so that drugs tested for effectiveness treating coronavirus would be immediately available once determined to … Continue Reading


03.21.20

Officials working to bringing home Montanans stuck abroad

After Isacc Sturgeon was able to return to the U.S. from being stuck in Morocco, officials are now working to get Butte Pastor Mark Arbaugh and three Montana Tech students out of Peru along with Necia Erickson of Bozeman out of Cusco. A release from Senator Steve Daines' office says Sturgeon was stuck in Morocco and trying to get back home to his family when Daines was able to secure his return to the U.S. "I'm so glad to have helped Isaac return to the U.S. from being stuck abroad during this… Continue Reading


03.20.20

Montana senators pushing bill to support cattle prices

Ranch state senators are pushing to prop up cattle prices in response to an expected crash in the beef economy. A bill emerging Friday morning sets minimum pricing for cattle sold in 2020. The response comes as restaurants around the country close under local and state government orders in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. It's the restaurant industry that buys the majority of U.S. beef graded "prime" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When those top-end sales d… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Lawmakers push to extend tax filing season to July 15

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has proposed giving taxpayers until July 15 to submit their 2019 income tax returns - 90 days from the original April 15 due date. The Tax Filing Relief for America Act, which Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Angus King, I-Maine, are joining Thune in introducing, aims to have the filing deadline coincide with the new July 15 deadline for taxpayers to pay the IRS taxes owed for 2019. Senators Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are co-sponsors. Earlier… Continue Reading


03.18.20

DAINES TALKS STIMULUS, CORONAVIRUS FUNDING

The House didn't even send a bill to the Senate until early Tuesday morning. Nonetheless, Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) says he's ready to stay and get the job done when it comes to addressing the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Daines joined us on Wednesday's Montana Talks statewide radio show with Aaron Flint from Capitol Hill. He's been working closely with the White House over the past several days to deliver economic assistance. Daines says the lodging industry is particularl… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Daines Announces Economic Proposals and $4.5 Million in Funding to Fight Outbreak

US Senator Steve Daines announced on March 16 that Montana has received $4.5 million in funds from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The funds will be used in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Montana. "This critical funding helps protect Montanans and ensures that our communities have the resources necessary to handle the coronavirus outbreak," Daines said. "I voted for this funding which is vitally important to those on the front lines responsible for coronavirus preventio… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Young, Daines propose bipartisan, bicameral Coronavirus Worker Relief Act

U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-IN) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on March 12 introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the current federal disaster unemployment assistance program to more workers. "If workers are ill, or caring for sick loved ones, they should have the ability to take time off from work without the threat of financial harm," Sen. Young said. "This is what our bipartisan legislation aims to accomplish by providing disaster unemployment assistance for individuals impacted by cor… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Montana's senators, representative prioritize coronavirus precautions as state sees first cases

As Congress waited to vote on its second multibillion-dollar coronavirus bill in less than three weeks, Montana's delegation called for bipartisanship and cautioned constituents not to panic and be smart about public exposure. U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester returned to Montana on Thursday as the state was shutting down on several fronts. State universities were shifting to online-only classes, and public events across Montana were being rescheduled or canceled to minimize the spread of … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Daines says he's seeking relief for people in wake of coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Thursday he offered several proposals in the congressional pipeline he said will help the country during the coronavirus outbreak and said the Senate needs to remain in session next week despite some scheduled time off to deal with the pandemic. The Montana Republican said via telephone that his proposals are to ensure impacted families and businesses have paid leave, temporarily waive payroll taxes, provide relief from tariffs and guarantee access to affordable test… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Gardner, Daines propose bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on March 9 introduced a bipartisan bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and decrease the multibillion-dollar maintenance backlog plaguing America's national parks and forests. "Yesterday I introduced the Great American Outdoors Act to fully and permanently #FundLWCF," tweeted Sen. Gardner on March 10. "This bipartisan legislation will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy our public lands for many ye… Continue Reading


03.10.20

Pulse Growers Hopeful Trade Resumes with India

An ongoing trade war with India has caused market prices for peas, lentils and chickpeas to crash. But, pulse growers remain hopeful that recent efforts with India will help secure this important export market again. India is the world's largest consumer of pulse crops, contributing to approximately 27 percent of the world's consumption. And for Montana pulse growers like Jillien Streit from Chester losing this important export market as hurt their bottom line. "The U.S. market value to India … Continue Reading


03.03.20

Daines asks Trump for delay on Real ID in Montana

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has asked President Donald Trump to delay requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005 for one year for Montanans, saying the state was having difficulty meeting the October deadline for compliance. "While the state of Montana continues working to implement Real ID in a timely fashion, large numbers of Montanans will not have Real ID compliant identification by the October 2020 deadline," the Montana Republican wrote in a Feb. 28 letter to the president. "I ask that you grant… Continue Reading


02.26.20

Daines: Maintain United States' trade winning streak

America is on a trade winning streak. Over the past five months, President Trump closed the deal on major trade agreements with our four largest trading partners: Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. These four countries alone make up half of America's total trade, at nearly $2 trillion. Since last fall, I've had the privilege of standing with President Trump at the White House on three separate occasions to celebrate these historic trade victories. Through my membership on the U.S. Senate … Continue Reading


02.26.20

Montana Ag Network report for February 26

Lane Nordlund has the Montana Ag Network report for Wednesday, February 26, 2020: #1: This week potato growers from all over the nation, including Montana, are advocating for the potato industry for the National Potato Councils 2020 Fly-In taking place in Washington D.C. The event gives potato farmers and industry leaders the opportunity to share their story on Capitol Hill. "It's the one time of year where we can gather whether we're producers, seed growers, commercial, chippers, all aspects … Continue Reading


02.24.20

Daines presses IHS to release report on doctor's sexual assaults

The Indian Health Service has yet to disclose a third-party report into the way it dealt with pediatrician and serial pedophile Stanley Patrick Weber, according to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, who wants the report made public. Weber, who sexually assaulted Blackfeet Indian boys in the early-1990s and remained employed by IHS for another 16 years. During that time, the pediatrician relocated to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where he sexually assaulted five more boys, the youngest of them … Continue Reading


02.24.20

Montana’s Teacher of the Year

Today, Senator Daines met with Montana's 2020 Teacher of the Year, Linda Rost. Linda lives in Baker, MT and teaches several different science classes at Baker High School. She earned a master's degree in science education from Montana State University in 2018 and is currently working towards her Ph.D through Texas Tech. Daines, who earned his degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University, and Linda discussed the importance of STEM education in the classroom and some unique project… Continue Reading


02.23.20

Missoula terminal project receives $6.7M federal boost as work advances

Construction of a new passenger terminal at Missoula International Airport received a welcome funding boost this week, landing $6.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration. Announced by Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and provided by the FAA's Airport Improvement Program, the funding will reduce the amount of debt incurred by the airport as it completes the first phase of its terminal project, valued at $67 million. "What it really means is less debt for the project," Airport Direct… Continue Reading


02.22.20

Daines touts Medicare program at Belgrade meeting

Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines sat with a group of seniors Friday morning between gym equipment in Belgrade to talk about tapping into care through private health plans backed by the government. A handful of people, selected to talk in advance, described access to places like The Gym of Belgrade through Medicare Advantage - plans offered by private companies that contract with Medicare. Much of the conversations doubled down on Daines' support for the program that he said cover… Continue Reading


02.20.20

Montana U.S. Senator Daines Visits With Special Olympics Athlete of the Year

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recently met with Kandi Christophersen, the 2019 Montana Special Olympics Athlete of the Year from Billings. Kandi has competed in the Special Olympics for 22 years in over 10 different sports, including two trips to the national competition in 2006 and 2010! Montana Special Olympics CEO Rhonda McCarty was also in attendance. Together they shared stories of what makes Kandi such a fierce Special Olympics competitor. They also thanked Senator Daines for being such a s… Continue Reading

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